MINSK, 29 November (BelTA) - Diplomacy is about the ability to understand and compassionate, and Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei possessed these qualities, Chief Rabbi of the Religious Association of the Progressive Judaism Communities in the Republic of Belarus Gregory Abramovich told the media in Minsk, BelTA has learned.
"A lot can be said about Vladimir Makei, and it will take not hours, but days. But I can share two episodes with you now," said Grigory Abramovich.
He recalled one of the ceremonies in the Yama memorial complex where the victims of the Holocaust are remembered annually. "I remember his speech, his eyes, his sense of pain that the Jewish people felt," the chief rabbi said.
The second episode took place in the town of Novogrudok where a memorial was opened in memory of the Jews who fled the ghetto and joined the partisan movement. Vladimir Makei came to the ceremony with his youngest son. "He brought it to show how to defend your land, your Motherland and why this must be done. That says a lot about the diplomat. Diplomacy isn't just about smiling. Diplomacy is about understanding and compassion, and he had it all.”