Putin and Lukashenko Phone Call

London, 16th August – The Kremlin website has published details of a phone call between Putin and Belarusian President Lukashenko. This marks the first of such communications since Lukashenko won the election. Belarus is one of the nations in the Eurasian Economic Union and an important ally to Russia.

Putin and Lukashenko Phone Call

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. This was at the initiative of the Belarusian side.

Putin and Lukashenko Phone Call

Putin and Lukashenko Phone Call

According to the details Alexander Lukashenko discussed with Vladimir Putin developments following the presidential election in Belarus. Both sides are reported to have expressed confidence that all existing problems will be settled soon. The main thing is to prevent destructive forces from using these problems to cause damage to mutually beneficial relations of the two countries within the Union State.

Also discussed was the return to Russia of 32 people who were previously detained in Belarus. The press release reported that a positive assessment was given to close cooperation of the relevant agencies in this regard.

They also agreed on further regular contacts at various levels and reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening allied relations, which fully meets the core interests of the fraternal nations of Russia and Belarus.

The press release can be found here.

The economy of Belarus is the world’s 72nd-largest economy by GDP based on purchasing power parity (PPP), which in 2019 stood at $195 billion, or $20,900 per capita. This is according to wikipedia.com

As part of the former Soviet UnionBelarus has a relatively well-developed industrial base; it retained this industrial base following the break-up of the USSR, as well as a broad agricultural base and a high education level. Among the former republics of the Soviet Union, it has retained the most Soviet-style economy, with many enterprises, utilities and services remaining state-owned, and tight controls on land ownership and banking. Though the GDP per Capita is about half that of neighbouring Russia, the cost of living is also much lower.

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