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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lukashenko Failed to Invite U.S. Ambassador to New Year's

Reception MINSK, Belarus - In a snub to the United States, President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus failed to invite the newly named American ambassador to his traditional "Old New Year's" reception.

Lukashenko traditionally invites foreign diplomats accredited to the former Soviet republic for a celebration Jan. 13, the day the country marks New Year's according to the Orthodox calendar.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Pavel Latushko told a regular news briefing an invitation had not been sent to Michael Kozak, who arrived in the capital Minsk Oct. 20 and has been waiting ever since to present his diplomatic credentials.

So far, Kozak has not obtained a meeting with Lukashenko, and it is unclear when he officially will be able to assume his duties.

The U.S. embassy in Minsk said it had no comment.