Vladimir Putin hosts Alexander Lukashenko amid wave of criticism from the West

Alexander Lukashenko received in Sochi by Vladimir Putin. The Russian president assured his Belarusian counterpart of his support in the case of the hijacked European plane.


Vladimir Putin hosts Alexander Lukashenko amid wave of criticism from the West

The two leaders, at odds with the West over recent political maneuvers, have enjoyed a boat trip near Sochi. Last week, a plane was forced to land in Minsk to arrest a blogger critical of the Lukashenko regime.

Russian President Vladimir Putin took Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko for a boat trip on Saturday as the pair met for a second day of talks amid outcry over Minsk’s decision to force a plane to land last week, and arrest a dissident blogger.

“Yesterday was the day of official talks and today it’s informal,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov told reporters about the meetings in Sochi, a city on the Black Sea.

Putin and Lukashenko took advantage of “the fine weather” and went “on a boat trip,” the spokesman continued.

Saturday’s talks had centered on economic cooperation and the coronavirus pandemic, according to Peskov.

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