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09 August 2022, 17:27

Lukashenko: Executives unfit for the job will have to leave

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MINSK, 9 August (BelTA) – Executives should work efficiently and produce results despite the pressure of the sanctions, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the meeting of the Council of Ministers held on 9 August to discuss the functioning of the country's economy under sanctions and measures to overcome them, BelTA has learned.

“I don't want to scare anyone. The head of the Belarus President Administration was instructed to submit a detailed report on the personnel register by the end of the year. It's not because you are bad. If someone is unable or unwilling to do their job, they will have to leave. Sometimes without payment. So you have to be more proactive. We need to take action,” the head of state said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that the West is already showing interest in resuming cooperation with Belarus in one direction or another: “Poles and others are already suggesting that we should talk. I don't mind. Yet, our Ministry of Foreign Affairs is still showing a lukewarm response to it.”

In this regard, the head of state demanded that diplomats should focus on trade matters instead of just issuing statements on how unfair the sanctions are. Addressing Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko, the Belarusian president said: “You are a former diplomat. I instructed you to meet with ambassadors this year and strongly demand that they produce results, just that. No more receptions. They should just deal with exports.”

Aleksandr Lukashenko, in particular, expects further progress in the work on the Russian market. This is the task for the new ambassador to this country Dmitry Krutoi, who until recently worked as deputy head of the Belarus President Administration, and before that as deputy prime minister. “I think, he will be able to make some headway as he knows our specifics, our situation. I am not saying that Vladimir Ilyich [previous Belarus' Ambassador to Russia Vladimir Semashko] was not up to the task, no. I wish Dmitry could take the best from Semashko. You know him well,” the president noted.

Another task is to boost cooperation with China.

The head of state paid special attention to the issue of transportation. He emphasized that deliveries to foreign customers should be carried out promptly and on time. “God forbid, at the end of 2022 I learn that you have failed to transport something, and not only to China,” the Belarusian leader warned.

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