Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko met in St. Petersburg, where they held talks in the Konstantinovsky Palace and visited the Kronstadt Naval Cathedral, and Ksenia Shoigu, the ideologist of the military-historical park, gave them a tour of the Museum of Naval Glory. It is reported by “Pool of the First”.
Lukashenko arrived in Russia on a two-day working visit the day before. The President was met by the Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov. The last time the head of Belarus came in the spring. On April 6, he and Putin held a meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State in the Kremlin.
“There is a counteroffensive, but it failed”
At today’s meeting, the leaders discussed security issues, the international agenda, economic cooperation, countering the pressure of sanctions from Western countries, as well as the interaction of the Russian Federation and Belarus within the framework of the Union State.
During the negotiations, the Russian president, among other things, stated that the counter-offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine had failed.
“There is no counter-offensive,” Lukashenko said, to which Putin replied: “There is (counter-offensive), but it failed.”
According to the Russian president, the Ukrainian army has lost more than 26,000 soldiers since it began.
Putin added that foreign mercenaries taking part in the fighting in Ukraine on the side of the Armed Forces of Ukraine also suffer heavy losses “because of their stupidity.”
As the head of state emphasized, residents of countries whose citizens go to the front to fight should know what is happening there. Moscow intends to bring information about the scale of losses among mercenaries to the people in order “for them to evaluate the actions of their rulers.”
“Wagnerites” want to go to Poland
Lukashenka, in turn, showed Putin a map for the transfer of Poland’s forces to the borders of the Union State. According to the Belarusian leader, Warsaw has already connected formations of mercenaries to the main strategic reserves.
“I specially brought you a map for the transfer of the Polish Armed Forces to the borders of the Union State,” he said.
According to him, some part of the Polish military is located 40 km from the Belarusian Brest, although earlier they were located at a distance of 500 km from the border. Another brigade is located 100 km from Grodno. Lukashenka also drew attention to the inadmissibility of the scenario of the seizure of the western lands of Ukraine by Poland.
“The separation of Western Ukraine, the dismemberment of Ukraine and the transfer of land to Poland is unacceptable. And, if the Western population of Ukraine needs it, we will, of course, support them,” the President summed up.
He said that the fighters of the Wagner PMC, who are on Belarusian territory, are in a “bad mood” and “began to strain” Minsk.
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He explained that the “Wagnerites” do not like this Polish city, because Ukraine receives military equipment from there.
Communication with the people
At the exit from the Kronstadt Cathedral, the presidents talked with people on the square. To the question of journalists: “What about quarantine?” Putin replied: “People are more important.”
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“God bless you! Best wishes! We love you,” said one of those present. “It’s mutual,” the president replied.
The bride present also asked for a memorable picture.
“Can I take a picture with you? We are getting married,” she asked. “Me instead of the groom?” Lukashenka asked jokingly.
Putin agreed to take a picture, but asked to take a picture of the three of him – he and the newlyweds.
Another woman asked to be photographed with both leaders.
“Well, between two presidents – you’ll be lucky!” the Belarusian president promised. “Exactly!” the woman agreed.