What Lukashenka and Putin will discuss in Moscow and whether they will sign integration documents

During today’s meeting with Chairman of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov, Alyaksandr Lukashenka has made mention of the issues which he is going to discuss with Vladimir Putin in the course of the visit to Moscow on September, 9.

“Tomorrow I will meet with the Russian president. It is clear that we will discuss the situation in our Eurasian Economic Union, and especially the situation connected with Afghanistan, the impact of the Afghanistan factor on Central Asia, Russia. Obviously, the Belarusians have not stood aside and will not stand aside from it,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes Lukashenka.

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In turn, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with the Russian newspaper Kommersant that the documents concerning the Belarus-Russia integration between would not be signed during the upcoming meeting. However, he noted that most likely, integration issues would be discussed.

“Every time integration processes become one of the major items on the agenda of bilateral contacts between presidents Putin and Lukashenka. I have no doubt that it will be the same this time as well,” the press secretary said.

On August 31, Belarusian Ambassador to Russia Uladzimir Syamashka said the sides had an intention to sign 28 integration roadmaps. However, a few hours later, the Belarusian embassy refuted this information; according to them, the envoy was ‘misunderstood’ and the documents would not be signed.

On September 1, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said that the maps might be signed at a session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State in October-November.

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