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09 June 2023, 13:52

Lukashenko, Putin meet in Sochi

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SOCHI, 9 June (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks in Sochi on 9 June, BelTA has learned.

The meeting took place in an informal setting. The talks were scheduled beforehand. These days Sochi is hosting the meetings of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council and the CIS Heads of Government Council.

Welcoming his Belarusian counterpart, Vladimir Putin said that the agenda includes security matters and economic cooperation.

“We will discuss all issues, including security, economic cooperation. There is something to talk about,” he said.

Speaking about the security situation in general, Vladimir Putin described it as stable. “I would even call it good, solid. We cooperate in this area. Everything is going on as planned on the most sensitive issues that we agreed upon with you: the preparation of the relevant installations will be completed on 7-8 July, and we will immediately embark on work to deploy the appropriate types of weapons on your territory. Everything proceeds according to the plan, everything is stable,” the Russian leader said.

“We agreed back in Moscow to co-locate our talks with the meetings of the prime ministers. Belarus-Russia relations are the backbone after all. If there are any issues, we will respond. You are going to meet with the prime ministers. I believe it is a comprehensive, good event that we are holding. Yes, there are economic issues. We are addressing them. There is room to move forward. Most importantly, we know what to do and in what direction to move,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

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