Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko could not meet in person due to the fact that both have tight schedules. This was reported by RIA Novosti with reference to Medvedev’s secretariat.
“Due to the tight schedules of Alexander Grigorievich and Dmitry Anatolyevich, a personal meeting did not take place. They talked over the phone and agreed to meet later, ”the secretariat said.
On February 22, negotiations between Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin took place in the village of Krasnaya Polyana near Sochi. The Belarusian president announced his intention to discuss defense and security issues, and for this, in particular, he planned to meet with Medvedev. According to the head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Vladimir Makei, the leaders of the two countries also wanted to discuss issues of integration within the framework of the Union State.
Following the talks, Putin said that Russia had transferred the technology for producing a vaccine against COVID-19 to the Belarusian side. Belarus will start producing the drug in March. According to Lukashenka, the country plans to produce its own vaccine in the fall.
In addition, during the meeting, the leaders of Russia and Belarus had lunch, and also went skiing and snowmobiling at the Krasnaya Polyana ski resort. Lukashenka presented the Russian president with jamon and Belarusian-made cheeses.