Russia will provide Belarus with a state loan of $ 1.5 billion, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko.
We agreed that Russia will provide Belarus with a state loan of $ 1.5 billion at this difficult moment, and we will fulfill this, - quotes TASS Putin.
According to the President of the Russian Federation, currently the finance ministers of both countries are already working on this issue.
As chernayakobra.ru wrote, Putin also spoke about the events that are taking place in Belarus after the August 9 elections. According to the Russian leader, the Belarusians should sort out the current state of affairs themselves. In addition, Putin called the start of work on the Belarusian constitution a logical and timely idea.
A one-on-one meeting of the two presidents is taking place in Sochi. Earlier, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the negotiations would last as long as necessary. Lukashenka’s press service noted that the leaders are going to discuss the state and prospects of bilateral cooperation in various fields, union relations, international problems and more.
For Lukashenka, these negotiations are taking place within the framework of his first foreign visit since the August 9 elections. The voting results led to massive protests in Belarus that continue to this day. Tens of thousands of people participate in street marches, believing the voting results to be falsified. According to the official data of the Central Election Commission of the republic, 80.1% of voters voted for Lukashenka, and 10.1% for his main rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.