Lukashenka and Putin meet in Sochi

Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Vladimir Putin had an informal meeting in Russia’s Black Sea coastal resort of Sochi on Friday.

 
Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Vladimir Putin had an informal meeting in Russia’s Black Sea coastal resort of Sochi on Friday.

According to the press office of the Belarusian leader, the two heads of state agreed that Belarus and Russia should continue to strengthen cooperation in all areas.

Messrs. Lukashenka and Putin paid particular attention to discussing preparations for the upcoming important events for Belarusian-Russian relations, the press office said.

In particular, according to the press office, Messrs. Lukashenka and Putin discussed in detail the agenda of a session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, which is expected to be held later this month.

Mr. Lukashenka told the president of Russia that he had discussed the agenda of the session with the Russian prime minister during their meeting in Sochi on January 31.

«Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and I had an opportunity to meet on your instructions,» Mr. Lukashenka said. «We discussed in detail the session of the Supreme State Council, as well as a session of the Council of Ministers of the Union State, which is expected to take place in Mahilyow.»

According to the press office, Mr. Putin emphasized the importance of his meeting with Mr. Lukashenka ahead of the session of the Supreme State Council and suggested that they should discuss current bilateral and regional issues and joint efforts to strengthen integration processes.

Messrs. Lukashenka and Putin agreed on the need to unite efforts to respond to current challenges, the press office said.

The two heads of state also touched on international issues and international and regional security, the press office said.

The Kremlin press office limited its report on the meeting to saying that Messrs. Putin and Lukashenka «discussed topical issues concerning bilateral relations, regional issues and joint measures to strengthen integration processes.»

Mr. Lukashenka has been on «short vacation» in Sochi since January 31.