MINSK, 1 August (BelTA) - Dmitry Krutoi, who has so far held the position of Deputy Head of the Belarus President Administration, has been appointed Ambassador to the Russian Federation. The corresponding personnel decision was made by Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko on 1 August, BelTA has learned.
Dmitry Krutoi will also serve as Belarus' Plenipotentiary to the CIS Economic Council, Special Representative of the Republic of Belarus on integration cooperation in the Union State, Eurasian Economic Union, CIS and the Collective Security Treaty Organization.
“As for the embassy in Russia, there is absolutely no need to give you any instructions: you know very well what work is done in this embassy. Working in the president administration, you must have (I hope so) understood all of the president's ideas about Russia. You know that this is our main focus in economic terms. As for politics, this is our friendly country. You should use this ideology to represent our country in the Russian Federation,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed. “You know what to do there. Stay in touch. Due to the circumstances and the policy we have between the two states, our relations, you will always be in the center of attention,” he added.
The head of state named the Belarusian embassy in Russia the second government. After all, this country is Belarus' main economic partner. “That is why in a conversation with the President of Russia... He, of course, was provided with the information about Dmitry Krutoi, but I will not tell you what I told him. The main thing is that this man is very promising. Everything depends on you: your life, your fate, and in many respects the situation in the Republic of Belarus. Take a look at the embassy, you have to build a system. Although, I do not think that anybody worked with the left hand under Semashko there. No matter how we may treat him, this is a systematic and experienced person. Therefore, I think that everything is fine with the embassy there. However, the work in the embassy should be built depending on the current tasks,” the president said.
As BelTA reported earlier, the presidents of Belarus and Russia, Aleksandr Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin, held a telephone conversation on 22 July and agreed on the appointment of a new ambassador.
Dmitry Krutoi used to be directly involved in the development of the Union State programs to deepen integration.
Until now, the Belarusian diplomatic mission in Russia was headed by Vladimir Semashko.