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Lukashenko invites Putin to visit Mogilev in autumn

SOCHI (BelTA) - Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Mogilev in the autumn, the host city of the forum of regions of Russia and Belarus, during a meeting in Sochi on 14 May, BelTA has learned.

“We have scheduled a Supreme State Council session. Before the elections (presidential elections in Russia – note by BelTA) we decided to hold it in Minsk. In the autumn we have the forum of regions in Mogilev. Usually we hold this forum at the highest-level. I hope you will find time and schedule a visit to Mogilev in the autumn. This is a new city for you. Belarusians and Russians prepare hard for the forum to make sure it is held at a high level,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

The Belarusian president expressed his readiness to discuss in detail the issues of bilateral relations. The head of state remarked that if the parties fail to take decisions on some issues today, they can revisit them during the upcoming events.

For his part, Vladimir Putin stated that the cooperation between the two countries continues growing stronger, including within the Eurasian Economic Union. “I am glad to have this opportunity to discuss bilateral relations on the sidelines of today's international event,” he said.

The Belarusian head of state is set to hold a number of meetings in Sochi. The major event is the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. The Belarusian president has already met with Moldova President Igor Dodon, Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.