Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Putin and Lukashenko emphasize their closeness during the meeting in Sochi / Article / LSM.lv


During a meeting in Sochi on Monday, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and the leader of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that the two neighboring countries will continue close cooperation, which has so far mainly manifested itself in the generous support of Moscow for the Lukashenko regime.

The two leaders had come to the meeting in informal clothing, thus emphasizing their friendly relationship.

“It is a rare rarity that heads of state now meet face to face and talk like this. But I think we will continue with this meeting format. “These are serious talks, and the fact that we have arrived in plain clothes shows that we are simply very close people, our peoples and our countries are close, and we can certainly discuss our serious problems in any format,” Mr Lukashenko said.

Putin continued in a similar spirit: “We are very close people, close nations: culture, language, religion, a common history based not only on the heroism of the Great Patriotic War, but also on the centuries-old past.”

Putin stressed that Russia is the largest investor in the Belarusian economy, investing more than four billion US dollars in the neighboring country.

Russia’s independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta had recently calculated that Russia had in fact spent much more on maintaining its “little brother”.

According to Novaya Gazeta, the stuttering of the Belarusian economy has cost Russian taxpayers $ 109 billion over the past 20 years:

nine billion in the form of loans, but Belarus saved about $ 100 billion by getting cheaper energy from Russia.

“I am, of course, very grateful for the support you are giving to the Belarusian economy. I can inform you that it is not for nothing that money has not been thrown into the wind, ”Lukashenko told his favor.

He also thanked Russia for the supply of Sputnik V vaccines to Belarus. “Russia’s vaccine is the most effective. It is recognized all over the world, no matter what the trolls say, “Lukashenko said. He expressed his determination to start producing his own vaccine in Belarus by the autumn.

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