MOSCOW (CNBC) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko would accompany him during a military exercise Saturday, reports CNN. “Now an active phase exercise [of military drills] is underway, and tomorrow we will even take part together in one of the serious events in this complex of military cooperation,” Putin said in a televised meeting with Lukashenko in Moscow.
Earlier, Putin said Russia and Belarus have made “serious progress” in merging the political and economic structures of their two countries. “We have made serious progress in the construction of the ‘Union State,’” Putin said. “Our colleagues have worked hard and have prepared 28 good programs, and development has been going on in many of these areas for a long time.”
Putin and Lukashenko greet each other prior to presidential meeting pic.twitter.com/Bk2SUJY4UL— RT (@RT_com) February 18, 2022