A number of bilateral Russian-Belgian agreements has been signed by ministers accompanying Russian President Vladimir Putin on his visit to Belgium. Among the agreements signed is one on mutual administrative assistance in customs procedures. According to Russia's State Customs Committee head Mikhail Vanin, who put his signature under the document from the Russian side, Russia and Belgium will join forces in combating "commercial irregularities in external trade and will exchange information". The document presupposes the sides' joint actions in fighting drug smuggling and customs offences. Vanin also noted that Russia has such agreements with more than 60 countries. Also signed was a declaration on Russia and Belgium's joint moves in social policy. An agreement between the government of Russia and the European atomic energy community will be likewise signed on cooperation in nuclear safety, as well as in controlled nuclear fusion.
A Russian fighter with call sign Rassvet (Sunrise) destroyed an Abrams tank in the area of Avdiivka, the 15th Separate Guards Motorized Rifle Brigade said