Presidents of Russia and Belarus Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko held regular telephone talks, the state agency BelTA reports, citing Lukashenko’s press service. They discussed the control of coronavirus. The presidents have agreed to test the Russian vaccine against COVID-19 in Belarus.” Citizens of Belarus will voluntarily take part in the third stage of trials of the coronavirus vaccine produced in the Russian Federation. Belarus will also be the first country to receive this vaccine,” Russia said in a statement on August 11. Russian companies plan to produce 1.5 million doses of coVID-19 coronavirus vaccine per month by the end of the year. The supply of the vaccine abroad is also being considered, but domestic demand will be provided in the first case. In October, the Vector Science Center for Virology and Biotechnology will register its drug.
The presidents also discussed the situation in Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko informed about the measures taken to normalize the situation in the country, the Kremlin press service reported.
Earlier it was reported that Vladimir Putin has already called with Alexander Lukashenko several times after mass protests began in Belarus over the presidential elections. The Russian president discussed the situation in Minsk with European leaders. He insisted on the inadmissibility of external influence on the affairs of Belarus.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Bigan is expected to visit Moscow on August 25-26. Today he had a meeting in Vilnius with former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya