A meeting between Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin took place in Sochi. During the 5-hour summit, the presidents also touched upon the subject of the forced landing of a Ryanair plane in Minsk.
At the beginning of the meeting, the Belarusian president said that he had brought documents related to the incident to Vladimir Putin:
“I have grabbed some documents, I will show you so that you understand what is going on.”
The Russian President, in the context of what happened, agreed that everything that happens around the forced landing of a Ryanair plane at the Minsk airport and the arrest of opposition journalist Roman Protasevich can be called an emotional explosion, a surge of emotions.
According to APE-MPE, the Russian president noted that in 2013, when the Bolivian president was forced to land at the Vienna airport, there was no reaction from the West.
Following a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart, Vladimir Putin said:
“We are building a strengthened alliance between Russia and Belarus. We are steadily moving in this direction (…), and this project is already bringing concrete results for our citizens. However, this “should not be done in a hurry.”
After the talks, the Russian president invited Alexander Lukashenko to swim in the warming sea, expressing confidence that this would “also contribute to the achievement of results” of the meeting.