For the first time in 2019… Putin is visiting this country at the head of a large delegation

For the first time in 3 years, Russian President Vladimir Putin is visiting Minsk, where he will meet Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko later on Monday.

The two leaders, who have been ruling for a long time, are holding talks on the strategic partnership between the two countries, in addition to regional and international issues, among other things, according to the media office of the Belarusian president.

According to a Kremlin statement, the negotiations will focus on strengthening the strategic partnership between Minsk and Moscow, especially “integration” within the framework of the Russian-Belarusian Federation, an alliance that has brought together these two former Soviet republics since 1999.

Putin, who last visited his counterpart in Minsk in 2019, will be accompanied by several members of the government during the working visit.

After conducting an extensive negotiating round, Putin and Lukashenko plan to hold individual talks.

Belarus is economically dependent on Russia, and Lukashenko lives on loans from Putin.

Against the backdrop of Russia’s war against Ukraine, the two countries have greatly expanded their military cooperation. Belarus, for example, makes its military bases available for attacks on Ukraine.

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