Chechnya strongman among VIP guests at European Games in Minsk

Anatoly Glaz, Spokesman for the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has named the VIP guests for the opening ceremony of the 2nd European Games at Wednesday’s press briefing.

“The 2nd European Games will kick off on 21 June. This event is unprecedentedly important for the country and is one of the biggest sports events in Europe. It is a great honor for us to have an opportunity to welcome a number of delegations of the highest and high levels at the upcoming opening ceremony. These will be Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, Georgia President Salome Zourabichvili, Moldova President Igor Dodon, Serbia President Aleksandar Vucic, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik, Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev. We also expect Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes Anatol Glaz.

Among the guests there will be the leaders of international and regional organizations, including Secretary General of the Central European Initiative Roberto Antonione, UNESCO Assistant Director General Nada Al-Nashif, Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission Tigran Sargsyan, State Secretary of the Belarus-Russia Union State Grigory Rapota, Director General of the Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States Maira Mora. The delegations from the UK and Hungary will be led by Minister of State for Trade Policy George Hollingbery and Minister of Prime Minister’s Office of Hungary Gergely Gulyas.

The opening ceremony will take place on June, 21 at Dinamo stadium in Minsk.

The 2nd European Games will be held in the Belarusian capital in June 21-30, 2019. For the first time it took place in 2015 in Baku; it was started rolling by Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s close friend, Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev, who definitely wants it to run and run. However, holding the event may cost Belarusians $30-40 mln.

In 2017, Ramzan Kadyrov visited Minsk. Alyaksandr Lukashenka cordially welcomed Chechnya’s strongman and said there was a ‘serious tendency’ to deepen ties.

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