Putin announced the lifting of restrictions on air travel between Russia and Belarus. “You didn’t tell me about it,” Lukashenka was surprised
The Russian government has decided to lift restrictions on flights between Russia and Belarus imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin, reports “Russia 24”.
“You didn’t tell me about it,” Lukashenka responded to Putin’s words about lifting restrictions on air travel. Then he thanked Putin.
The President of Russia noted that before the start of the coronavirus pandemic, there were over 200 flights a week between Russia and Belarus, now there are 36 of them. Putin expressed hope for a quick restoration of air traffic.
Also at a press conference, Putin said that the price of Russian gas for Belarus in 2022 will remain at the 2021 level. In addition, he added that Russia will provide Belarus with about $ 630 million in loans from September 2021 to December 2022.
The authorities of Russia and Belarus have been discussing the political integration of the two countries since 1999 . These negotiations intensified in 2019 – reportedly at the initiative of the Russian authorities, which were looking for ways to extend the powers of Vladimir Putin. Draft union programs, or “road maps” for integration have never been published. Residents of Belarus protested against the integration of the country with Russia.