Putin, Lukashenko Approve Military Doctrine Of Union State

Putin, Lukashenko Approve Military Doctrine Of Union State

Andrew H. Sweet

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko co-chaired a meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State Russia-Belarus via video conference on Thursday.

In his opening remarks, Putin said it is important to create "an atmosphere of stability and security" on external borders of the "Union State." It is based on a treaty signed in 1999 aimed at greater integration of the two countries.

Putin added that full-fledged economic integration of the Union State is impossible without fully ensuring the labor visa-free mobility of the population and taking into account all security risks in this area.

Lukashenko has moved closer to Russia since a disputed presidential election in August 2020, in which he won a sixth term. The E.U. and U.S. termed the vote as rigged and have since imposed sanctions.

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