Putin and Lukashenka discuss sanctions and military cooperation

Vladimir Putin and Alyaksandr Lukashenka spoke on the telephone on the eve of the plenary session of the Eighth Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus, held online on July 1.

One of the main topics of conversation was the Western sanctions against Belarus.

The press service of the Kremlin reports that the Russian side has expressed its solidarity with Belarus, which “opposes the unilateral illegitimate restrictions, imposed by Western countries in violation of international law.”

The Telegram channel “Pool One” reports that the leaders of Russia and Belarus separately discussed economic cooperation between the two countries in the context of sanctions, the development of military-technical cooperation, and security issues.

They discussed the restoration of transport communication between Belarus and Russia, opening more Belavia flights to Russia, especially to Sochi, Krasnodar, and Anapa. The issue of lifting restrictions on crossing the Russian-Belarusian border by land transport is still open.

As usual, they discussed energy prices, Belarusian goods in Russian markets and agreed on personal contacts soon, according to Lukashenka’s press service.

On June 25, the European Union adopted sectoral sanctions against Belarus. A fifth sanctions package against Lukashenka’s regime is scheduled to be introduced in early July.