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Lukashenko, Putin holding talks in Sochi

SOCHI (BelTA) – The meeting of Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin has started in Sochi, BelTA has learned.

The Belarusian head of state concurred with Vladimir Putin that it is now rare for heads of state to meet face to face. “I think we will continue this format of communication. Serious talks in plain clothes [an informal format] show that we are close people, that our nations and countries are very close. We can discuss any serious problems in any format,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.

The leaders of the two countries are to discuss a wide range of issues related to the Belarusian-Russian relations, joint response to emerging threats, including threats to military security, and also cooperation in the integration organizations.

Aleksandr Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin are also set to exchange opinions on the international agenda.

The Telegram channel Pul Pervogo informed that no time limit had been set for the talks. The leaders of the two countries are planning to have dinner together and go skiing.