This was said in the context of the US demanding the closure of the Belarusian Consulate General in New York. Previously we tried to find out from Dzermant where he got this information but he refused to reveal the source. However, this time, apart from the false facts about the flow of American tourists to Belarus, Dzermant also smeared our journalists, saying that they did not introduce themselves when they called him and that we did not want to know the truth, but simply wanted to discredit him.
"I have recently made a comment for "SB. Belarus Today" on the closure of our Consulate General in America and said that, indeed, quite a lot of Americans used the services, came to our country. Well, I said that quite a lot of Americans did that. So, pseudo-journalists from this channel called me wondering where I got this information. I couldn’t give them a specific figure so I referred them to the Foreign Ministry, but I know that the figure was great in 2019 – more than a thousand tourists. So then they insisted that I had mentioned “a great deal” of Americans, to which I asked them to introduce themselves. Then a pause and beep-beep-beep. So I said goodbye! You do not want the truth, you simply want to discredit me," said Dzermant on "Belarus-1".
In that phone conversation, Dzermant did not give us any figures. Even the official data he most likely learned from us - in the very program, in which we exposed his lies. Moreover, even in this program, he lied again, saying that there were more than a thousand tourists.
"According to Belstat, there were only 146 tourists from the United States who visited Belarus last year. In the pre-Covid 2019 – 859 tourists, but these figures still do not show a large influx of Americans in our country," said Dzermant in the same program.
Secondly, when Dzermant asked what kind of media we were, our journalist answered immediately that he was presenting the program called "Sly News". That's how it was:
- And what media are you from?
- I present the program "Sly News".
- Ah, goodbye.
On the TV channel Belarus-1, Dzermant continued to stand his ground, saying that the traffic of American tourists to our country was "serious".
"We had serious traffic from Western Europe in pre-Covid times and from the United States too. The question is that they have created difficulties for the Americans themselves. It doesn't matter. The main thing for them is to create a fake. This is not journalism, this is the rock bottom," continued Dzermant on "Belarus-1".
In fact, Americans make up less than 0.5% of the total number of tourists who came to Belarus in 2019. Moreover, the official Minsk started the mutual reduction of diplomatic missions. The Belarusian Foreign Ministry reduced the number of employees of the U.S. Embassy in Belarus twice in 2021. Now there are 5 people left to work there. Because of this, only a limited number of types of U.S. visas can now be obtained in Minsk. For the rest people have to apply to the embassies in other countries. By the way, according to Belstat, 859 tourists from Belarus visited the United States in 2019.
Dzermant doesn’t care how much difficulty Minsk has created for its citizens. He only worries about the non-existent crowds of American tourists who allegedly used to travel to Belarus.