During a meeting in Sochi, the presidents of Russia and Belarus Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko agreed to intensify the work of intergovernmental commissions and key industry enterprises of the two countries, RIA Novosti reports citing the press secretary of the Russian leader Dmitry Peskov.
According to Peskov, the trade turnover of the two countries against the backdrop of an unfavorable global economic situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic has decreased by 21%. This cannot suit either Moscow or Minsk. In this regard, the heads of state agreed to intensify the work of the intergovernmental commission through departments and through key industry enterprises.
Earlier it was reported that Russia will provide Belarus with a loan of $ 1.5 billion. The need to restore trade with Belarus, which had decreased due to the coronavirus pandemic, was also emphasized. According to the president, Russia views Belarus as its closest ally and will fulfill all its obligations.
Let us remind you that the talks between Putin and Lukashenko took place in Sochi at the Bocharov Ruchei residence.