Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko discussed in a telephone conversation the increase in the number of Belavia flights to the south of Russia. This was reported on the website of the head of Belarus.
“The opening of even more Belavia flights to Russia is being discussed. The heads of state agreed that the governments and relevant ministries will work out this issue, ”the message says. The press service of Lukashenka stressed that special attention will be paid to such areas as Sochi, Krasnodar and Anapa. Also, Putin and Lukashenko talked about lifting restrictions on the movement of citizens across the Belarusian-Russian border by car, about the development of military-technical cooperation and security issues.
In addition, the presidents discussed joint cooperation in the trade and economic sphere, energy prices and access of Belarusian goods to Russian markets.
The Kremlin press service reported that Putin and Lukashenko discussed topical issues of the bilateral agenda and “sanctions pressure” on Belarus. “The Russian side expressed solidarity with Belarus, opposing unilateral illegitimate restrictions imposed by Western states in violation of international law,” the message says.
Earlier, Lukashenko discussed with Putin the opening of flights to Crimea after Ukraine closed the skies for Belarusian planes. “The sky has now been closed. I told Putin: “Think about how we can get to Crimea. We will not fly through Poland: they are not allowed there either, ”said the President of Belarus. Ukraine considers visiting Crimea not through its border points as a violation, since it considers the peninsula to be its occupied territory.