In Sochi, negotiations between Russian and Belarusian leaders Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko ended, which lasted more than four hours, Sputnik Belarus reports.
The meeting took place at the Bocharov Ruchey residence. Earlier in the Kremlin, the topics of negotiations were discussed on key issues of further development of bilateral relations, strategic partnership and alliance of the two countries.
As the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said following the talks, Putin and Lukashenko spoke face to face.
“They actually sat together and talked for almost four hours. The communication was face to face, "RIA Novosti quotes him.
The Kremlin spokesman noted that the leaders based the conversation on the work that the delegations of the two states had previously done.
At the talks, Vladimir Putin, in particular, confirmed to his Belarusian colleague that Moscow would provide Minsk with a state loan of $ 1.5 billion. According to him, the finance ministers of the two countries have already started relevant work. Putin also drew attention to the need to restore trade between countries, which had decreased due to the coronavirus pandemic. Putin also stressed that Russia regards Belarus as its closest ally and will fulfill all its obligations. Lukashenko, in turn, thanked his Russian counterpart for support.
Note that the visit to Russia became for Lukashenka the first foreign trip after the presidential elections in the republic and the protests that began in the country after the official results were announced. Speaking about the situation in the neighboring republic, the Russian leader emphasized that its residents must figure it out themselves.