Belarus appoints new foreign minister, according to state media

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has appointed Sergei Aleinik as new foreign minister, state news agency Belta reported Tuesday.

Prior to this appointment, Aleinik worked in the foreign ministry as first deputy minister.

Belarus’ previous longstanding foreign minister, Vladimir Makei, died suddenly in November at the age of 64.

Lukashenko also appointed Andrei Lukyanovich as commander of the Air Force and Air Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus, Belta said.

Belarus earlier on Tuesday announced snap military drills across the country.

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