The International Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei has died on the age of 64, the nation’s international ministry mentioned Saturday.
“Vladimir Makei, Minister of International Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, has immediately handed away as we speak,” the International Ministry mentioned in its official Fb account, with out offering extra particulars in regards to the circumstances surrounding the international minister’s demise.
Makei was born in 1958 within the Belarusian area of Grodno. He had been within the publish since August 2012, in keeping with his official bio on the international ministry’s web site.
Makei was scheduled to fulfill with Russian International Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday, in keeping with Russian state media outlet RIA Novosti.
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on Saturday expressed his condolences to the household and associates of Makei, in keeping with an announcement printed on the presidential web site.
The Russian Ministry of International Affairs added in an announcement that it was “deeply shocked” by the information of his demise.
“As head of the International Ministry, he made a terrific contribution to the additional strengthening of Russian-Belarusian relations,” it mentioned.
“Being a longtime skilled and a honest patriot of his nation, he firmly and successfully defended the pursuits of the Republic of Belarus on worldwide platforms,” the ministry continued, including that “this can be a heavy, irreparable loss.”