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Belarus: Deputy Foreign Minister Resigns

Minsk, 14 November 1996 (RFE/RL) - Western news agencies report Belarus's deputy Foreign Minister resigned today over disagreement with the policies of President Alyasksandr Lukashenka.

Andrei Sannikov said he had tendered his resignation to protest the course of Belarus's foreign policy. He did not give further details.

There was no confirmation either from the Foreign Ministry or Lukashenka's office that the resignation had been accepted.

Sannikov had been in charge of Belarus's relations with the West, as well as international security and disarmament.

His resignations follows President Lukashenka's Moscow visit. In an address to Russia's State Duma yesterday he called for closer cooperation and the creation of a confederation of the two states.