Meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin

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On 8 February President of the Republic of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko met with President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

Vladimir Putin informed Aleksandr Lukashenko that ahead of the meeting he had held talks with his counterparts from Kiev, Berlin and Paris in a so-called Normandy format. “We have agreed to do our best to organize such a meeting in Minsk. It can be Wednesday if we are able to coordinate a number of positions we have been intensively discussing in the recent days,” the Russian head of state said.

“I would like you to assist in organizing such a meeting in the same way you did before, providing the Minsk platform for expert meetings,” Vladimir Putin said addressing Aleksandr Lukashenko.

“I am aware of it. Piotr Poroshenko called me several minutes ago,” the President of Belarus said.

“I assure you that in order to bring peace back to our common home, and those people in Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine are not strangers to us, we will do everything we can here in Belarus to find a way out of the situation they faced,” the Belarusian leader said.

“Do not worry and come. We will organize everything,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

Vladimir Putin thanked Aleksandr Lukashenko for the efforts to regulate the crisis in Ukraine.

At the meeting the presidents of Belarus and Russia discussed the development of integration processes, including within the framework of the Union State and the Eurasian Economic Union.