Ambassador Interviews

Insight into the Landlocked country of Europe

A country with strong traditions in potatoes growing.

Belarus is a country located in eastern Europe. It has a rich culture and history and is bordered by Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Ukraine. To know about some intriguing facts about the country, here is a quick chit-chat with the Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus to India.

H.E. Mr. Andrei I. Rzheussky, the Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus to India.

Tell us the two must-do things in Belarus

In spring – hear the Middle Ages’ voice in the corridors and towers of Mir Castle, watch a lamplighter lighting street lamps in Brest.

In summer – jump over the fire on Kupalle Night and put a flower wreath into the river, visit ancient Belarusian country estates.

In autumn – try swamp shoes to be able to go through the swamp and collect cranberries, go for a spin in BELAZ in Zhodino.

In winter – take a photo of salt mountains in Soligorsk at sunset, visit the ‘Belovezhskaya Pushcha’ National Park and ask the Belarusian Santa Clause about the secret of granting New Year’s wishes.

Speaking about the current trends, as per the recent decision of the Belarusian government foreigners from 73 countries, including Indians with Schengen visas, can make a 5-days visa-free “vaccination trip” to Belarus, during which they can get COVID-19 vaccine shot.

Is there any similarity between Belarus and India?

The Belarussian and the Indian cultures have many similarities. Both cultures are extremely proud of their rich history. Belarus and India are full of ancient architectural monuments that indicate great achievements. The institution of the family is sacred in both countries. We value family and try to maintain close ties with all relatives.

India is known as a leading producer and supplier of potatoes. Belarus, too, is known in our part of the world as a country with strong traditions in potatoes growing.

Both cultures are unique in its own way but Belarus and India share a lot in common.

Which is your favorite destination in India?

Since I was posted to India, I’ve visited a lot of official residences, cultural places, museums and gardens in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Agra, Goa. I greatly impressed by the architecture of the Indian capital city and Mughal Gardens in Rashtrapati Bhawan where I can admire roses, tulips and other flowers. Akshardham, Lotus Temple, Humayun’s Tomb and many others make are a must-see for any foreign visitor coming to Delhi.