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MOSCOW – Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko will travel to Moscow on Wednesday for two days of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said last week that Lukashenko’s calls for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine would be discussed by the two leaders in future face-to-face meetings.

Putin and Lukashenko will meet on Wednesday on “hot bilateral and international issues” and hold a meeting of the Federal State Supreme Council on Thursday, the Kremlin said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

Russia and Belarus are officially part of a federal state, a borderless union and alliance between the two former Soviet states, but long-standing plans to more closely integrate their economies have repeatedly stalled. there is

Russia is an important political and financial backer of Belarus, and Lukashenko allowed Putin to use Belarusian territory as a starting point for military operations. Russian invasion of Ukraine 2022.

In March, Putin said Russia would Deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday that Russia is boosting Belarus’ nuclear capabilities in response to Finland’s joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s military alliance.Reuters Putin, Lukashenko meet in Moscow: Kremlin

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