Belarus' ambassador to Belgium about terrorist attacks

Belarus' ambassador to Belgium about terrorist attacks

Attacks shocked Europe once again: explosions sounded on Tuesday in the capital of Belgium and the capital of the European Union, Brussels. More than 30 people were killed and another 300 injured. As it became known a few days later, citizens of Belarus were also among those who suffered. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Kingdom of Belgium Andrei Yevdochenko has the latest news from Brussels.

Yuri Koziyatko:
Mr Yevdochenko, hello!

Andrei Yevdochenko, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg:
Good morning, Mr Koziyatko.

Yuri Koziyatko:
Firstly, is there any additional information related to our citizens?

Andrei Yevdochenko:
We have received information from the official Belgian sources that our citizens had been hospitalized. In fact, they were treated as outpatients. That is, they did not need hospitalization, because those injuries were minor.

Yuri Koziyatko:
Thank God. Lucky they are!

Andrei Yevdochenko:
Yes, they were lucky.

Yuri Koziyatko:
And what is happening in Brussels? Has the city returned to the rhythm? We now see a video on the main square - Grand Place. We see people bringing flowers. What is going on in Brussels?

Andrei Yevdochenko:
Actually, the city has not yet returned to normal rhythm. Three days of mourning have been declared. But gradually life is, of course, coming back to normal. The main Brussels airport will not work until Sunday. The main volume of traffic was taken over by Antwerp and Charleroi. Public transport is working. Virtually all routes are already open. Security level dropped from fourth to third. But level 3 means that threat of terrorist acts is still likely.

Yuri Koziyatko, host of "Picture of the World":
What should we tell Belarusians who are going to Brussels now?

Andrei Yevdochenko:
I would advise tourists to abstain from these travels if they are purely for leisure purposes. Firstly, many parts of the city are not available; there are still certain operations underway and restrictions on movement. That is, from a safety point of view, this is not the right time to visit Belgium. 
In principle, I would recommend all of our citizens to follow the official reports of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and recommendations given by them.

Yuri Koziyatko:
And your recommendations are also very important, because you are there. You know the situation better. Thank you, Andrei.

Andrei Yevdochenko:
Thank you, Yuri. But the most important thing is that our citizens have not been severely affected by this situation.

Yuri Koziyatko:
We've heard it and it really pleases! Thanks again. We had Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Belgium Andrei Yevdochenko with us live.