MINSK, 16 April (BelTA) - Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko announced a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow in April as he met with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin in Minsk on 16 April, BelTA has learned.
"I am really happy to meet you. I have not seen you in a while. Yesterday, Putin and I agreed on the schedule of work on many issues. Sometime in late April, most likely on 22 April, we will meet in Moscow. It will be a serious meeting to discuss certain issues."
After that it will be the Forum of Regions in Moscow Oblast, Aleksandr Lukashenko said. "Next in line will be a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Union State of Belarus and Russia. Somewhere in September - October (we will choose the concrete date later) we are planning a meeting of the Supreme State Council. We should make good progress by this meeting of the Supreme State Council. These are the agreements that we have reached with the Russian president in the last two days," the Belarusian head of state said.
For his part, Mikhail Mishustin said that he was happy to be in Minsk, thanked for the hospitality. "I would like to take this opportunity to convey the warmest wishes from Vladimir Putin. We discussed the details of our cooperation the day before," the Russian prime minister said.
He stressed that Russian colleagues keep in contact both with the Belarusian prime minister and members of the government almost on a daily basis. “All are working to improve mutual relations and resolve pressing problems. We are slowly restoring trade. The figures are growing. Unfortunately, the drop in the wake of the coronavirus was significant. Now things are getting back to normal. We will restore the air service. The Lastochka train service will be launched on 30 April [the high-speed train Lastochka will connect Moscow and Minsk for the first time on 30 April]. We welcome all this," Mikhail Mishustin said.
He believes that despite the continuing problems with coronavirus and the emergence of new variants of COVID-19, joint measures, including the production of vaccines, would enable the countries to protect against the virus.
"I think that our cooperation in industry, energy, transport, infrastructure, construction is very active. 2021 is the Year of Russia in Belarus. Next year - Belarus in Russia. Our cultural ties, cultural exchange will be intensified. We signed a program with Roman Aleksandrovich [Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko]. This year we are planning even more intensive ties. I want to thank you for this approach," the Russian prime minister added.