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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Summit Omits Belarus

MINSK, Belarus () -- The hardline leader of Belarus, the former Soviet republic worst hit by the Chernobyl disaster, has received no invitation to next month's Moscow summit on nuclear issues, the country's foreign minister said Monday.

President Alexander Lukashenko, a frequent critic of the West, told reporters after a news conference: "I will be going," when asked if he was attending the conference organized by the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations.

But Foreign Minister Vladimir Senko later said: "Belarus has received no official invitation. An exception was made only for Ukraine. It will take part only in that part of the summit devoted to closing the Chernobyl station."