Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko on the Independence Day of Belarus and expressed confidence in further building up bilateral ties.
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“This date, connected with the liberation of Minsk from Nazi invaders in 1944, is of lasting importance not only for Belarusians, but also for Russians. Our fraternal peoples, fighting shoulder to shoulder, made a decisive contribution to the Victory over Nazism,” says in Putin’s telegram on the Kremlin website.
He noted that today the citizens of Russia and Belarus continue to maintain ties of friendship and mutual assistance.
The Russian leader expressed confidence in the continued improvement of the institutions of the Union State and the promotion of integration processes in the Eurasian space.
Earlier, Lukashenko said that NATO wants to drown Russia in the conflict in Ukraine in order to reach China through it.