Lukashenka blasts envoys: Idle talks instead of selling Belarusian goods abroad

Speaking at Tuesday’s government conference, Aliaksandr Lukashenka attacked Pavel Latushka, the Belarusian ambassador to France, Spain and Portugal, for his criticism of the quality of Belarusian products.

‘We nailed down our ambassadors – they should have sold our goods, but they don’t want to. They just want to have white cuffs and collars, sit in France and represent some political interests, babble and hang paintings on walls,’ the Belarusian President disclosed his attitude to diplomats’ duties.

‘When we drove them into the corner saying they would be accountable to the President they started wailing that our goods were bad. But it’s no go! I have been President for 20 years; they could tell me tales when I was in my thirties, not now,’ he said.

Belarusian diplomats receive letters containing information on a number of engines, TV sets or parts in Belarusian warehouses; their authors ask diplomats to sell these goods in the country of their stay, Pavel Latushka, Belarusian ambassador to France, Spain and Portugal, told TV channel ONT in February, 2014. He also stressed that, as a rule, their quality was poor.

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