MINSK, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Monday that Russia is the most important foreign political and economic partner for Belarus.
Lukashenko reaffirmed the course towards strategic partnership with Russia while appointing Igor Petrishenko Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation on Monday.
"I hope very much that you will be a worthy representative of Belarusian state interests in the Russian Federation," Lukashenko said.
According to the Belarusian leader, the ambassador to the Russian Federation, same as the Ambassador to Venezuela and other prime regions, is more than just an ambassador. "Russia is our most important partner in foreign politics and foreign trade. I have high hopes that you will decently represent interests of Belarus in the Russian Federation," he added.
The position of Belarusian ambassador to Russia became vacant after Andrei Kobykov left the post and became head of the President's Administration, where he replaced Vladimir Makei, who was appointed new head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. Earlier, Petrishenko was the First Deputy Foreign Minister.