MINSK, 29 September (BelTA) – Russian-Belarusian relations are well-established and free from political influence, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a plenary session of the 7th Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia on 29 September, BelTA has learned.
"Given the difficult situation in which Belarus finds itself today, including the unprecedented external pressure after the presidential election, I would like to reiterate that the relations between Belarus and Russia are not subject to either time or current political trends and rely on a solid foundation. Our states have strong, centuries-old cultural, spiritual and family ties, shared history," Vladimir Putin said.
The Russian leader emphasized the importance of the Forum of Regions in the year of the 75th anniversary of Great Victory. “As part of the Great Victory celebrations, Russian and Belarusian military marched together in Red Square this year. Together with the Belarusian president we opened the Rzhev memorial celebrating the selfless feat of the Soviet soldiers. We will never forget how our fathers and grandfathers defended their Fatherland, liberated Europe. We will continue defending the historical truth about that war, its causes, results and lessons,” he stressed.