Vladimir Putin heads to Belarus in first foreign visit

Assistant to the President of Russia, Yuri Ushakov, said on May 30 that Vladimir Putin was going to discuss the entire spectrum of bilateral relations at a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart Aliaksandr Lukashenka in Minsk. According to him, a lot of attention will be attached to economic issues during the talks, while the whole meeting will be held in an informal atmosphere in a one-on-one format.
The heads of Russia and Belarus are to negotiate a number of issues, i.e. financial support, privatization of Belarusian large-scale enterprises, building of the nuclear power plant in Astravets, Rosbelauto holding development based MAZ and KAMAZ, military and technical cooperation and collective security organisation, Yuri Ushakov said.
According to him, Vladimir Putin and Aliaksandr Lukashenka intend to issue a joint statement reiterating their position on further extension of integration relations and bilateral cooperation in all directions.
Assistant to the President of Russia did not specify what way Russia would support Belarus financially: “Different loans are constantly being discussed. At the moment I just will not go into details. Last year we gave effectual help. I do not rule out that the issue will be discussed. Some questions will be raised. We are going to respond and consider.”
As it was reported before, Vladimir Putin is to stay on an official visit from May, 31 to June, 1. He is espected to arrive today during afternoon. The negotiations are scheduled on 6 p.m. in Zaslaue residency.
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