The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus responded to statement by the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin about the potential dangers for Ukrainians visiting the country, calling it false. The spokeswoman of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Anatoliy Glaz said this at a briefing, as Interfax-Ukraine reports.
"There is no need to comment on this, to say the least, false statement. Let us ask about 160,000 Ukrainian refugees who arrived in our country and live safer or 1.5 million Ukrainian citizens who visited Belarus. It seems that our Ukrainian colleagues started thinking exclusively in military categories, including in regard to their closest neighbor, the Republic of Belarus," Glaz said.
At the same time, Ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus Igor Kizim called Klimkin's words "soft diplomatic expression" and urged "not to pull out" these words from the general context of good Ukrainian-Belarusian relations.
"In my opinion, he said that it was potentially dangerous to stay in Belarus, and it is a soft diplomatic expression. At the same time, he said that in terms of political, economic, and cultural relations, everything is fine between the countries. These words should not be pulled out of the context," Kizim said.
According to him, "Klimkin might have meant cases involving the detention of Sharoyko and Gryb on the territory of Belarus and, in this regard, it is a potential danger."
The journalist raised a question about Ukraine’s relationships with Belarus, reminding about the detention of a Ukrainian journalist suspected of espionage in Belarus (Pavlo Sharoyko, - ed.) and detention and extradition of a Ukrainian blogger in Russia (Pavlo Gryb, -ed.).
At the same time, Klimkin stated that there are no major problems in the relationships between Minsk and Kyiv.