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Customs officers nothing to do with Red Hot Chili Peppers incident - officials

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The press office of State Customs Commitee of Belarus says Belarusian customs officers have absolutely nothing to do with the incident with signatures by Red Hot Chili Peppers musicians. According to the Customs officials, it was a service staff at the Homiel Airport in Belarus who asked the musicians to sign on Metallica CDs and posters. This version was confirmed earlier today by Siarhei Rudziankou, the head of the services. Howeber, he refused to elaborate on the details of the situation or put Euroradio in contact with the staffer.

Red Hot Chili Peppers arrived from Kiev to the airport in Homiel on July 7 at 1535 local time where they spent less than one hour waiting for a transfer to Moscow. RHCP bass-guitarist Flea will have this visit to Belarus long in his memories. He wrote on Instagram:

"We were called into customs officials office at an airport in Belarus and they asked us to sign a bunch of Metallica cd's and photos. We tried to explain to them that we weren't Metallica but they insisted that we sign anyway. They had the power. Well I did play fight fire with with with Metallica once. I love Metallica anyways but I'm no Robert Trujillo."