PUTIN MEETS LUKASHENKO

Russian prime-minister Mikhail Kasyanov is shortly to meet with his Belorussian counterpart Vladimir Yermoshin, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said at the meeting with Belorussian President Aleksandr Lukashenko at the Bocharov Ruchei residence near Sochi Black Sea resort. In Mr. Putin’s words, he had talked about it with the premier on Thursday. “Preparation of high-level contacts” scheduled for late November concerning the formation of the Russia-Belarus Union is one of the items on the agenda of today’s talks, Russian President is quoted as saying by RIA Novosti news agency.