TASHKENT, May 3. /TASS/. The appointment of Russia’s new ambassador to Belarus does not indicate any crisis in relations between the two countries, which continue to be partners and allies, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told reporters on Friday.
"I am dead against interpreting all that as a kind of crisis. That’s an ordinary move. Various incidents occur in diplomatic practice," he said.
"Relations between Belarus and Russia have a strategic partnership nature, these are allied [relations]," Karasin stressed.
He added that Moscow and Minsk were working to deepen integration within the Union State. "We need to be optimistic about the future relations between Russia and Belarus," he concluded.
On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree appointing Dmitry Mezentsev as Russia’s new Ambassador to Belarus. He also relieved Mikhail Babich of his duties of Russian Ambassador to Belarus.