MINSK, January 20 (Itar-Tass) - Russian ambassador to Belarus Alexander Surikov will represent Russia at an inauguration ceremony of President-elect Alexander Lukashenko who was re-elected to another presidential term last December, said Vadim Gusev, a diplomat at the Russian diplomatic mission in Minsk, on Thursday.
Russian ambassador Alexander Surikov, who received an invitation to the inauguration, will be an official representative from Russia at the inauguration ceremony, Gusev told Itar-Tass.
The inauguration of Belarussian president-elect Alexander Lukashenko will be held in the Palace of the Republic in Minsk on January 21, the presidential press service of Belarus told Itar-Tass.
The inauguration of Belarussian president-elect Alexander Lukashenko will be held on January 21. The inauguration ceremony will be broadcast by all the channels of Belarussian television. A live broadcast is to begin at 12.50 pm local time" (1.50 p. m. Moscow time), the press service said.
Under the constitution president comes into office after he takes a presidential oath at a gala ceremony in the presence of deputies of both chambers of the Belarussian parliament and judges of the Constitutional and Supreme Courts.
The opposition media sources said that ambassadors of EU countries would not be present at Lukashenko's inauguration because they will be away from Belarus on the inauguration day.