Belarus president Alyaksandr Lukashenka has handed the Order of Friendship of Peoples to Chechnya’s Head Ramzan Kadyrov.
He signed the corresponding decree in August, 2018 to recognize the Chechen Strongman’s considerable contribution to strengthening friendly relations and comprehensive cooperation with Belarus’.
Kadyrov, who is among the VIP guests attending the European Games grand opening ceremony in Minsk, arrived in Belarus and met with the Belarusian leader in the run-up to the sporting event which is to kick off at 22.00 at Dinamo Stadium.
“Ramzan, thank you very much for keeping your promises. I always say: “He is a real man. He does what he promises to do”. Thank you for our people whom we were unlikely to see back in Belarus but for your help. You are not just a friend, you are a brother for me, for our people. The fact that I am awarding you with the Order of Friendship [of Peoples] bears a special significance. This is not just some political movements. You have deserved it as a person who made our people, our individuals happy. This makes me really happy, too,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes Lukashenka.
The 2nd European Games will be held in the Belarusian capital in June 21-30, 2019. For the first time it took place in 2015 in Baku; it was started rolling by Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s close friend, Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev, who definitely wants it to run and run. However, holding the event may costBelarusians $30-40 mln.