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19 Jun 2018

Lukashenko, Putin hold meeting at Palace of Independence

Lukashenko, Putin hold meeting at Palace of Independence

MINSK, 19 June (BelTA) – The meeting of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and Russia President Vladimir Putin is taking place at the Palace of Independence in Minsk, BelTA informs.

After a joint photo opportunity the heads of state began the one-on-one meeting. It is held before the Supreme State Council Summit.

“In accordance with our agreement before the elections (the presidential elections in Russia. – BelTA’s note) we are holding the session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State today. We are prepared for the summit. The agenda has been developed, all issues have been harmonized. Plans have been made to discuss three major issues. All other issues are always ready, we are going to pass some things without discussions,” the Belarusian head of state said.

Alexander Lukashenko stressed that the Belarusian side is happy to welcome the representatives of the Russian government in Minsk. “I think this meeting will be productive, and we will solve all issues which, probably, have not been solved at the session of the Union State Council of Ministers,” he said.

The Belarusian president also spoke about the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. He wished good luck to Russia in the forthcoming match. “A good overture before the battles in St. Petersburg (a football match between Russia and Egypt will take place in St. Petersburg on 19 June. - BelTA’s note). We hope that Russia will be a success. We are supporting you,” the Belarusian leader said.

Russia President Vladimir Putin, in turn, thanked the Belarusian side for the organization of the meeting in Minsk. He stressed that the governments and agencies have already worked on many issues. “They have made considerable progress in the resolution of pending issues. If there are issues remaining, we can discuss them,” he added.

The presidents will discuss the current state of affairs and development prospects of the bilateral relations, joint projects, interaction in integration formats and international organizations.

The agenda of the Supreme State Council Summit consists of 10 issues. These include a program of concerted foreign policy activities for 2018-2019, issues concerning further development of the integration association in 2018-2022. The Supreme State Council of the Union State will also consider current activities of the integration association.

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