The 5th Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia will bring together more than 20 governors from Russian regions. A meeting of Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Vladimir Putin is scheduled for the last day of the forum.
On the same day, the two leaders will speak at the plenary session that will focus on the Priority Development Fields of regional cooperation as a key factor of integration and union state building.
“It is expected that the plenary session is expected to be preceded by a personal meeting of the two leaders, during which Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Vladimir Putin will discuss the most urgent issues of the Belarusian-Russian relations. The Russian president’s program of stay in Belarus includes opportunities to have an informal dialogue,” Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s press service reports.
The event kicks off today in the Belarusian city of Mahiliou. Vladimir Putin is due to arrive on October, 11. However, in the run-up to the visit, caricatures of the Russian leader have been spotted in the Belarusian city. The leaflets say: ‘Volodya, go home! Mahiliou is against Russian imperialism.’
As reported earlier, the local authorities are willing to make much of impression on Putin: the city officials have ordered to have four clean-up days in a row ahead of his arrival. In turn, Mahiliou-based human rights activists Alyaksei Kolchyn and Alyaksandr Burakou filed an application for holding a picket in support of Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov.