Russia police officers to help Belarus safeguard 2019 European Games

Russian policemen will be invited to assist the Belarusian side the upcoming European Games in the summer of 2019, Belarusian Interior Minister Ihar Shunevich said at Tuesday’s press conference in Navapolatsk.

“Russian colleagues from the Internal Affairs Ministry will lend their officers to us for the duration of the 2nd European Games Minsk 2019 and the ice hockey world championship. It will definitely make the measures taken to ensure public law and order more effective,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes the minister.

According to him, Belarus is going to engage police from other countries. However, the top official failed to go into detail.

The European Games will be held in June 21-30, 2019.

Belarus was given the right to host the Second European Games in 2019 after a vote at the 45th General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in 2016. The first European Games was held in 2015 in Baku upon the initiative of EOC ex-president Patrick Hickey who was later charged with a number of violations.