The leaders spoke on the phone about the situation in Belarus, where hundreds of thousands of people have been protesting all month.
The presidents of Russia and Belarus spoke by phone, the press service of the heads of state said on August 30.
Vladimir Putin congratulated Alexander Lukashenko on his birthday and discussed the detention in Belarus. The presidents also agreed to hold a meeting in Moscow in the coming weeks, according to the Kremlin press service.
“The mutual attitude to further strengthening the Russian-Belarusian alliance and expanding mutually beneficial cooperation in all directions has been confirmed. It is agreed to hold a meeting in Moscow in the coming weeks,” the statement said.
Earlier it was reported that security forces were pulled into the center of Minsk because of the upcoming protests, timed to coincide with the birth of the authoritarian leader.