Lukashenka set to come to terms on integration by New Year

Alyaksandr Lukashenka is counting on meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in the rest of the year, he said on December, 10.

“I have just talked to the Russian premier. We have agreed to meet in the run-up to New Year (though it is still unclear how to arrange it taking into consideration my plans in Belarus and his plans in Russia). We will be able to compare notes with the president and the prime minister of Russia. There are some issues that are within the scope of reference of our governments. I would like to discuss some of them with Dmitry Medvedev,” the presidential press service quotes Lukashenka.

According to him, Medvedev may come to Minsk and they will ‘find a place to hold a meeting’. In addition, the Belarusian leader hopes to see Vladimir Putin in late December.

“We need to come to terms on the most sensitive issues for our states and economies,” he stressed.

On December 7, Putin and Lukashenka failed to make any comment on the integration talks they had held in Sochi; officials and diplomats confined themselves to vague generalities. Experts are divided over the outcome of the meeting; for example, Belarusian political analyst Alyaksandr Klaskouski believes that Moscow will manage to force Minsk down to the ground. However, some are of the view that the Russian side suffered a setback.

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