The presidents of Belarus and Russia discussed issues related to the countries of the former Soviet Union.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko discussed the policies of other post-Soviet countries and some historical moments during talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi. This is reported by the press service of the Kremlin on Friday, February 7.
“We (Putin) and I really talked about a lot of things, went to the depths of the gray ingest of our life together in one state, discussed many historical dates and moments, they are known,” the Belarusian leader said at the beginning of talks with Putin in According to Lukashenko, the meeting discussed not only issues of mutual interest, but also topics “that concern many of our neighbors, the countries of the former Soviet Union: the policy that we are now pursuing, them.”
In general, a lot of things were talked about (in a narrow composition – Ed.), well, and reached the present day. And we decided not to one-on-one, but with people who are involved in this process to continue our conversation,” the President of Belarus said.
He noted that then there will be a pause in the negotiations, as some issues can be returned when the members of the Russian delegation, who did not get caught due to bad weather in Sochi, will come: “The sky is supposedly already cleared up. That’s why we’ll continue our conversation.”
“There is a lot to talk about, there is something to work on,” Lukashenko concluded.
In his turn, Putin confirmed that he had already held talks with Lukashenko in the format of a tete-a-tete.
“We have a lot of questions, Alexander Grigoryevich and I spent almost an hour or an hour and a half (talking one-on-one – Ed.), touched on a lot of issues that are of mutual interest,” Putin added.
Earlier, Alexander Lukashenko said that the republic would not become part of another country, even “brotherly Russia”. According to him, the Belarusians will not accept this.
Lukashenko also complained that Russia raises prices every year and “screws nuts” against Belarus. As a result, Minsk’s trade deficit is growing and has already reached $9 billion.