President of Russia Russian President Vladimir Putin And the leaders of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko They arrive at Constantine’s Palace in Saint Petersburg where they will meet for two days.
– I changed my plans a bit. Putin said, according to the pro-regime Russian News Agency, that Putin will spend between 1.5 and 2 days (in talks).
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The Kremlin said the two leaders would discuss their strategic partnership and security in Eastern Europe.
– Of course, we will talk about the security of our region, says Putin.
The meeting between Putin and Lukashenko is the first since the Belarusian dictator helped end the Wagner Group’s rebellion against Russia’s military leadership in June.
With Lukashenko at the negotiating table, soldiers from Wagner and her commanders were agreed upon Yevgeny Prigozhin They will receive immunity, security guarantees and free travel to Belarus.
Lukashenko states that mercenaries from the Wagner Group are now being held in Belarus.
– They ask me for permission to go to the West, on a trip to Warsaw, to Rzeszow, Lukashenko says to Putin.
– But, of course, keep it in central Belarus, as we agreed. We are checking what is happening (with Wagner). They are in a bad mood.
The other day, Moscow warned that hostilities against Belarus would be regarded as an attack on Russia. This week, Poland decided to move its forces closer to the border with Belarus, in response to the presence of Wagner’s soldiers. Then Putin said that Russia would use all means to stop any attack on Belarus.
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