Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, a close ally of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko has died at age 64-Zamkuwire - Zamkuwire.com

Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, a close ally of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko has died at age 64-Zamkuwire

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FILE - Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei gestures while speaking during his annual news conference in Kyiv, Belarus, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, a close ally of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, has died at age 64, the state news agency Belta reported Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. No cause of death was stated. (AP Photo, File)

Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, a close ally of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, has died at age 64, the state news agency Belta reported Saturday.

No cause of death was given.

Prior to becoming foreign minister in 2012, Makei was Lukashenko’s chief of staff.

During his tenure, Belarus came under repeated criticism from the West for an increasingly harsh suppression of the opposition, for dubious elections and for allowing Russian troops to be based there during the war in Ukraine.

FILE - In this photo released by Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, Belarusian Foreign minister Vladimir Makei, left, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov smile as they arrive for the talks in Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 18, 2021. Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, a close ally of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, has died at age 64, the state news agency Belta reported Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. No cause of death was stated. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP, File)FILE - Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei addresses the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, a close ally of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, has died at age 64, the state news agency Belta reported Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. No cause of death was stated. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

In September, he defended Belarus’ position to the United Nations Security Council.

“Belarus is referred to as an ‘accomplice of the aggressor’ or even a party to the conflict. We have said and continue to say: Belarus has never advocated the war. But we are not traitors either! We have allied commitments, and we are strictly following and will follow the spirit and letter of international treaties to which we are parties,” he said.

FILE - In this photo released by the Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, and Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, left, attend the meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, a close ally of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, has died at age 64, the state news agency Belta reported Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. No cause of death was stated. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP, File)

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