ST. PETERSBURG, 29 December (BelTA) – The talks between Aleksandr Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg are over. Now the heads of state are going to play ice hockey, the Pul Pervogo Telegram channel informs, BelTA has learned.
According to the Telegram channel, Aleksandr Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin will present awards to famous hockey players Valeri Kamensky, Alexei Kasatonov and Alexander Yakushev.
A reminder, Aleksandr Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin had a meeting in the Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna on 29 December. The talks were held in a one-on-one format in the office and continued for quite a long time. After that the leaders of Belarus and Russia made statements for the press. They spoke about cooperation in the Union State, including plans to expand military partnerships and cooperation in the defense industry. Aleksandr Lukashenko thanked Vladimir Putin for supporting Belarus amidst the sanctions.
Aleksandr Lukashenko gave his take on the CIS informal summit held the day before. At the meeting with his Russian counterpart, he said that the event took place in a cordial and friendly atmosphere. “The ongoing developments brought us closer (I am already an experienced person in this) and strengthened our determination to address various issues together,” the Belarusian leader said.