MOSCOW, 6 April (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin met one-on-one on 5 April, on the eve of the meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State. According to the Pul Pervogo Telegram channel, the meeting ended well after midnight, BelTA informs.
“A piece of insider information from Pul Pervogo: the meeting between Lukashenko and Putin ended at 02:15. There is also a photo of a late-night farewell near the car,” the Telegram channel wrote.
The meeting at the Kremlin started at 20:00 on 5 April.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “We will overcome everything. To those, who hope or predicted that we would fall, I can say: we haven't fallen. No, things will not be easy. But when were they ever easy? We will endure and will accomplish everything even in microelectronics, which we discussed a year ago when we met in your office to discuss what we should do. It turns out we've found opportunities to keep working. Missiles fly and combat equipment moves in our country and your country. So we will overcome everything. We just need a bit of time. And tomorrow we will sum up our accomplishments. We've definitely earned the salaries we get paid.”
The Belarusian head of state remarked that 80% of the Union State programs had been implemented. Frequent meetings with Vladimir Putin were necessary to prevent slowdowns in the execution of these programs.
According to Vladimir Putin, a lot has been achieved as a result of joint work. The Russian leader added: “Thank you for coming the day before. Thus, we will have an opportunity to talk in a calm and unstressed environment about what we will have to decide on and discuss in an official setting with our colleagues tomorrow.”
A reminder, according to the press service of the Belarusian president, the meeting was supposed to cover a broad range of matters concerning Belarus-Russia relations, including the matters that were outside the agenda of the Supreme State Council session: import substitution, deeper cooperation in manufacturing, development of high-tech industries, the international situation and the measures being taken to ensure security.