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- Aleksandr Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin Discussed Development of Military and Industrial Complexes
On January 28, Aleksandr Lukashenko, President of Belarus, and Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, held talks at the Konstantinovsky Palace in St. Petersburg.
The President of Belarus noted that apart from the forthcoming session of the Supreme State Council, these two days were busy for the leaders of the two states due to important events for the peoples of both countries. That includes events marking the 80th anniversary of the liberation of Leningrad from the Nazi siege.
The heads of the two CSTO member states took part in the opening of a memorial complex in the Leningrad region in memory of Soviet civilians who became victims of Nazi genocide during the Great Patriotic War, and then attended a requiem concert in St. Petersburg.
According to Vladimir Putin, the agenda of the meeting between the two leaders covered the issues of bilateral cooperation and interaction in integration associations: CSTO, CIS, EAEU, and SCO.
The Presidents discussed interaction in various areas, including economy, culture, and development of military and industrial complexes.
As you may recall, the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation were at the origins of the CSTO. Last year, the Belarusian side chaired the Organization. In 2024, Belarus is also preparing to become a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. A memorandum of cooperation between the SCO and the CSTO was signed in 2007.