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Ambassador of Belarus to USA dies: he had COVID-19

Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus, Belarusian Ambassador to the United States Oleg Kravchenko, died at the age of 49. He tested positive for COVID-19. Oleg Kravchenko was supposed to become the first Belarusian ambassador to the United States over the past 12 years. The fact is that the US and Belarus stopped the exchange of ambassadors in 2008 due to the tension in relations. They resumed diplomatic relations only in 2020, writes Radio Liberty.

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This was announced by the official representative of the Foreign Ministry, Anatoly Glaz. Oleg Kravchenko has been in the diplomatic service since 1994, became the US ambassador on July 20, 2020, but has never been sent to the States.

The cause of death of Kravchenko is not named, but it is known that he tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Glaz, Kravchenko did not have time to leave for the United States and start working as an ambassador, he was in Belarus.

Former diplomat Pavel Latushko spoke about Oleg Kravchenko on his Telegram channel: “I know him personally from the first years of the existence of the independent Foreign Ministry of Belarus. More than once we had to meet and talk about the future of our country and state. Oleg Kravchenko was a talented Belarusian diplomat, he worked a lot on the formation of an independent foreign policy position of independent Belarus ”.

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Oo graduated from the law faculty of the Belarusian State University, postgraduate studies at the Institute of Philosophy and Law of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, was a candidate of legal sciences.

In 1994-1999, he held the post of attaché, third secretary of the State Protocol Service and head of the legal department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1999 to 2003, he was a counselor at the Belarusian Embassy in Sweden.

In 2003-2007, he served as an advisor, deputy head of the Department of Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2007 to 2008, he was an adviser to the Embassy of Belarus in the United States, and in 2008-2014 - Chargé d'Affaires of Belarus in the United States.

From 2014 to 2017, he served as Deputy Chief of Directorate and Chief of Directorate of the US Department of Foreign Affairs. Since January 2017, he has served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

On July 20, 2020, he was appointed Ambassador to the United States. He has three children.

U.S. Ambassador to Belarus sworn in

Julie Fisher was approved by the Senate on December 15 for the post of head of the diplomatic mission in Minsk. It is not yet known when the diplomat will be able to come to the Belarusian capital. And on December 24, Fischer had already taken the oath, writes Radio Liberty.

“Appointed Ambassador Julie Fisher took the oath of office today as our chief diplomat in Belarus. She brings a wealth of knowledge and practice to work. We are delighted that she will represent the vital interests of the United States overseas, "Deputy State Department Spokesman Keil Brown tweeted.

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Julie Fischer is a career diplomat who until recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Europe and the European Union.

Previously, she served as Chargé d'Affaires of the US Embassy in Russia, Deputy Chief of the US Mission to NATO, Deputy Director of the Office of the NATO Secretary General, Political and Economic Adviser at the US Embassy in Georgia, and administrative positions at the US State Department.

Fisher earned her BA from the University of North Carolina and her MA from Princeton University. She speaks Russian, French and Georgian.

Why is this the first ambassador in 12 years

Since 2008, the countries have not exchanged ambassadors. Relations between the United States and Belarus deteriorated in the early 2000s. At this time, the States began to impose sanctions against President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and other government officials, writes "Focus".

In March 2008, Belarus recalled its ambassador from Washington after the introduction of another package of sanctions. The United States did not keep waiting long for an answer and reduced the staff of the country's embassy in Belarus from 35 to 5 people. Since then, there has been no ambassador to Belarus.

Over time, relations between the countries improved, and in September 2019, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Belarus. In July 2020, Alexander Lukashenko appointed an ambassador to the United States for the first time since 2008 - Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus Oleg Kravchenko became him.

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