Minsk, 20 July 2000 (RFE/RL) - Belarus officials say Russian media are
"whipping up tension" in connection with the disappearance of a Belarusian
TV journalist. The Belarusian embassy in Moscow today accused unnamed news media in
Russia of beginning to puff up what the embassy said was a "dirty campaign"
in connection with the disappearance of Dmitry Zavadsky, a Belarusian
camera operator for Russia's ORT government television.
Zavardsky failed to show up for a meeting July 7 at the airport in the
capital, Minsk. ORT journalist Pavel Sheremet, whom Zavadsky was to meet,
has said he fears the Belarusian secret police are to blame.
Belarusian officials have rejected the allegations.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Pavel Latushko attacked recent expressions
of concern by the U.S. State Department, urging the United States to
refrain from what he called "inaccurate interpretations."