Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko held talks on Tuesday, May 3, during which they discussed the current situation in the context of the Russian special operation to protect Donbass. This was reported by the press service of the Kremlin.
The conversation between the two leaders was a continuation of the Russian-Belarusian talks on April 12. In their course, some issues of the bilateral agenda and the promotion of union building were considered, they specified.
“Some aspects of interaction within the framework of integration associations in the Eurasian space were touched upon, including in connection with the preparation of the upcoming meeting of the leaders of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). The situation was also discussed in the context of the ongoing special military operation to protect Donbass,” the Kremlin added.
As a result of the conversation, Putin and Lukashenko confirmed their mutual intention to further strengthen the Russian-Belarusian relations of partnership and alliance.
On April 28, Alexander Lukashenko, during a meeting with the governor of the Voronezh region of Russia, Alexander Gusev, recalled that Russia and Belarus are building a single Union State, which other republics will want to join. He noted that he sees a great interest on the part of the Russian regions in developing cooperation with Belarus.
On April 12, Russian President Putin met in Blagoveshchensk with Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko. The talks between Putin and Lukashenko were held in a one-on-one format. During the conversation, the leaders discussed the development of bilateral cooperation, opposition to sanctions, as well as the situation in Ukraine.
As a result of the conversation, the Russian president declared the immutability of Russia’s fraternal attitude towards Belarus. He also stressed that he said that Moscow and Minsk should strengthen their integration at a time when the West has unleashed an all-out sanctions war.
On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect Donbass. The situation in the region escalated in mid-February due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to the Russian Federation, and also turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DPR and LPR and promised to support the republics.