Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Sochi. Vladimir Putin and Alyaksandr Lukashenka skiing after talks over the COVID-19 vaccine


In Sochi, Belarusian president Alyaksandr Lukashenka met with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Monday. After several hours of talks, including about the COVID-19 vaccine, politicians went skiing and other winter entertainment in Krasnaya Polyana, the Russian agency RIA Novosti reported.

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka is visiting Russia for his first visit this year. He met with Vladimir Putin in Sochi. After the talks, the Russian president announced that his country would supply Belarus with more batches of the COVID-19 vaccine in February and March, and has already handed over the production technology.

Lukashenka recalled that Belarus wanted to develop its own national vaccine and estimated that it would be ready by autumn. In March, the production of a vaccine based on Russian technology will start in Belarus, he announced.

Lukashenka’s meeting with Putin in SochiPAP/EPA/ALEXEI DRUZHININ / SPUTNIK / KREMLIN / POOL

Putin argued that countries should “join efforts, including with European colleagues” on vaccines. – We are open to joint work – he said and announced that Russia will tighten cooperation with European partners.

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Lukashenka thanked Putin for Moscow’s economic aid to Minsk. He informed that almost all road maps concerning the spheres of economic integration of Russia and Belarus are ready to be signed.

“Rest after work”. Leaders on the slope

After the talks, Putin offered to “rest after work” and the leaders went skiing. The presidents went to one of the slopes on snowmobiles, the RIA Nowosti agency reported.

“Lukashenka took the lead and arrived first. But at the very descent, Putin was first. While skiing, the heads of state greeted the campers in Krasnaya Polyana, waving them greeting” – added the agency.

RIA Novosti recalled that the leaders of the Russian Federation and Belarus often spend time together in this way. They also went skiing together in 2019, then Kola, the youngest son of Alyaksandr Lukashenka, was with them.

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/ALEXEI DRUZHININ / SPUTNIK / KREMLIN / POOL



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