Phone chat on Victory Day: What Putin, Lukashenka talked about

Vladimir Putin and Alyaksandr Lukashenka had a telephone conversation on May, 9.

They exchanged congratulations on the occasion of the 76th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany, discussed the situation in the CSTO responsibility area; talked about Ukrainian issues, in particular, Ukraine’s looking to NATO; voiced their views on the domestic affairs of Belarus and Russia, Lukashenka’s press service said on Telegram on Sunday evening. According to them, the two leaders agreed to hold a personal meeting soon.

In turn, the press release by the Russian side was much more terse. Putin’s press service did not say anything about the upcoming meeting; they failed to make mention of either Ukraine or the CSTO.

They [Lukashenka and Putin] touched upon a range of topical issues on the bilateral agenda and reaffirmed mutual commitment to consistently promoting Russian-Belarusian relations of partnership and alliance. The leaders will maintain constant personal contacts,” the Kremlin’s statement reads.

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