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16 September 2020, 12:36

Belarusian ambassador talks about twisted interview with Dutch TV channel

Andrei Yeudachenka. An archive photo
Andrei Yeudachenka. An archive photo

MINSK, 16 September (BelTA) – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Netherlands Andrei Yeudachenka made a few comments about his interview with a local TV channel, BelTA has learned.

The ambassador said: “The interview was recorded in our embassy and lasted for about three hours. My direct speech lasted for roughly one hour and 20 minutes. We had an agreement that a complete 20-minute-long interview would be aired in the evening without any insertions, breaks, or interpretations. I was deeply disappointed by what was aired as a result. I was actually used as a screen for their own program. I appeared on the screen only three times and for roughly 30 seconds in total. The most revolting thing is that many statements were mixed, cut, or twisted. My answers were matched with different questions.”

The ambassador sent a letter to the TV channel. “I pointed out the reporter's bias and lack of responsibility. I said before the interview that the situation in Belarus is rather complicated and tolerates no simplified analysis or some stereotypical statements. Unfortunately, they did everything contrary to the agreement. Although the local mass media call themselves free, independent, and objective, they lack objectiveness in many cases,” he stressed.

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