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10 June 2021, 13:15

Russian ambassador compares Belarus' flag incident in Riga to ‘brain cramp'

Yevgeny Lukyanov. An archive photo
Yevgeny Lukyanov. An archive photo

MINSK, 10 June (BelTA) – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Yevgeny Lukyanov has commented on the incident with the Belarusian flag in Riga, BelTA has learned.

“Having worked in Latvia for 4.5 years, I was shocked to learn about the incident and the people involved in it,” the ambassador said.

He recalled a famous saying: Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad. “It can be compared to a brain cramp. I would not event talk about professionalism, diplomacy, the rules of conduct for a foreign minister,” Yevgeny Lukyanov said.

The ambassador noted that today the time-tested international law is being replaced by international rules of a different kind and these rules are changed on the fly. “In other words, one can do whatever they want,” the diplomat said.

He stressed that Belarus and Russia have very close stances on many international issues, the countries closely cooperate in the UN.

“It is very important that this global organization does not lose its significance in today's world. Of course, it is necessary to fine-tune the UN's response to constantly emerging challenges and threats. The most important thing is that its fundamental principles are not devalued or compromised,” he said.

According to him, Russia has long faced external pressure, but Belarus has recently come under pressure, too, and even the NATO secretary general speaks about some threat to the collective West that allegedly comes from Russia and Belarus. “The inclusion of Belarus in this ‘aggressors' list is something new. I'm thinking: for whom can Russia represent a threat? Or who would Belarus attack? I cannot find worthy targets for the military expansion of Belarus. But nevertheless the country is on this list,” the diplomat said.

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