Putin meets Belarusian President Lukashenko – Politics –


A good six months after the protests began in Belarus, the ruler Alexander Lukashenko plans to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday. To do this, the 66-year-old is traveling to the Russian Black Sea city of Sochi. According to information from Moscow, the discussion is about the further development of relations between the two countries, particularly economic and energy issues.

Belarus’s economy is heavily dependent on Russia, which supplies oil and gas, for example. Moscow sees its neighbors and allies as a strategically important buffer zone to NATO.

 The  two heads of state had last met in September, also in Sochi. Putin had promised the financially troubled neighboring country a billion-euro loan. Lukashenko said at last that this should not be the point this time.

© www.de24.news The  two countries had just signed an agreement on Friday, according to which Belarus will now export its oil products via Russian ports in the Baltic Sea. This step is seen as a reaction to the sanctions imposed on Belarus by the neighboring Baltic states, which Minsk previously relied on for its exports.

After the presidential election on August 9, widely considered to be falsified, mass protests erupted in Belarus, with more than 30,000 arrests, hundreds of people injured and several dead. Recently there were only a few actions. After 26 years in power, Lukashenko had himself confirmed by the election commission for a sixth term with 80.1 percent of the vote. © www.de24.news The  EU no longer recognizes him as president. Russia, on the other hand, still stands by the head of state, but has repeatedly urged him to reform the constitution.

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