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15 September 2022, 17:02

Why did Lukashenko wear a mask with the Chinese flag during negotiations with Xi Jinping?

Photo courtesy of the Telegram channel  Pul Pervogo
Photo courtesy of the Telegram channel Pul Pervogo

SAMARKAND, 15 September (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko wore a mask with the image of the Chinese flag during negotiations with China President Xi Jinping in Samarkand on 15 September, BelTA has learned.

China follows strict antiepidemic rules. The country is known for its zero-tolerance COVID-19 policy.

The Telegram channel Pul Pervogo said: “[Belarusian Healthcare Minister Dmitry] Pinevich couldn't do but Xi could. The First One put on a mask upon request of Chinese friends.”

However, it did not explain why the Belarus president was wearing a mask with the Chinese flag. The same Telegram channel did it several minutes later: “The First One brought his own mask for the negotiations with Xi. But right before the meeting he asked for a Chinese mask – it had the flag on it. The president asked for ten more masks like that so that he could take them to Minsk with him. T for trust!”

Lukashenko, Xi Jinping meet in SamarkandLukashenko, Xi Jinping meet in Samarkand
In September 2016 the leaders of Belarus and China established relations of trustful all-round strategic partnership and mutually beneficial cooperation. An agreement in principle was reached on advancing the relations to “iron brotherhood, exemplary all-round strategic cooperation and all-weather partnership”.

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