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Lukashenko-Putin meeting ended

The negotiations lasted over four hours. The heads of the two states discussed, in particular, the situation in the region and bilateral relations.

In Sochi, negotiations between the presidents of Belarus and Russia, Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin, have ended, which lasted more than four hours, September 14th.

“The meeting lasted more than 4 hours. The heads of state discussed a wide range of issues in bilateral relations, the situation in the region, joint response to emerging challenges,” the message says.

As a result of the meeting, it was not planned to sign documents or a joint press statement.

It is noted that at the beginning of the meeting, Putin, in particular, said that the Russian Federation remains committed to all agreements with Belarus, including agreements on the CSTO and the Union State. The Russian leader also noted that the Belarusians themselves, without outside prompts, should sort out the situation in the country. Lukashenko, for his part, thanked Putin and all Russians for supporting the republic after the presidential elections.

The talks became the first personal meeting between Putin and Lukashenko after the presidential elections in Belarus on August 9, after which opposition protests began in the republic. Prior to that, there were several telephone conversations between the two leaders.

Earlier it was reported that during the meeting, Putin and Lukashenko agreed on a loan to Belarus in the amount of $1.5 billion.

Lukashenko also thanked the Russian for the support after the elections, noting that Belarus “needs to stay closer with its older brother.”

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