Ambassador Boris Gryzlov announced a new meeting between Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko This will be their sixth meeting since the beginning of the year. Gryzlov also said that Russia plans to open a new consulate in Grodno

Boris Gryzlov

Relations between Russia and Belarus are now at the highest level, Russian Ambassador to Minsk Boris Gryzlov said during a reception on the occasion of the Day of Russia, reports the portal &laquo ;Belarus Today».

“This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. And today our relations are at the highest possible level. At present, the Republic of Belarus— the closest ally of the Russian Federation»,— said the diplomat.

According to him, both countries build their relations based on the principles of mutual respect and support.

Gryzlov also announced a meeting between Russian and Belarusian presidents Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko “in the near future.” “Since the beginning of this year alone, there have been five meetings between the presidents. Another one is planned in the near future»,— he said, adding that Russia “appreciates” support of the Belarusian authorities.

In addition, the diplomat said that Moscow is going to expand its representation in Belarus and open a Russian consulate general in Grodno. In addition to the embassy, ​​Russia has a consulate general in Belarus in Belarus.

The last time Putin and Lukashenko met in May this year in Sochi. They discussed key issues of bilateral relations with an emphasis on integration within the union state, as well as topics on the international and regional agenda. Prior to this, the heads of state met on May 16 at the summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Moscow, and even earlier— in April, at the Vostochny cosmodrome in the Amur Region. The day before, the President of Belarus congratulated his colleague and the Russians on Russia Day and wished the Russian people peace and harmony.

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In early June, Moscow allocated $1.5 billion to Minsk for import substitution, primarily in critical industries. Earlier, Deputy Minister of Industry Dmitry Kharitonchik said that the export of Belarusian industrial products to Russia increased by 30% in four months. Bloomberg wrote that only in April the growth of Belarusian exports to Russia amounted to more than 100%.

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Vladimir Putin

Politician, President of Russia

October 7, 1952

Alexander Lukashenko

politician, President of Belarus

August 30, 1954

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