The meeting of the presidents of Russia and Belarus, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, may take place in Sochi on Friday, May 28. A possible date is named by the Kommersant newspaper with reference to its sources.
Lukashenko will go to Putin amid the Ryanair plane scandal: on May 23, the airline's plane urgently landed in Minsk due to bomb reports. To escort the aircraft, a MiG-29 fighter of the Belarusian Air Force was raised. Immediately after landing, the Belarusian security forces detained the creator and editor-in-chief of the NEXTA Telegram channel Roman Protasevich, who was on board. Data on explosive devices on board the aircraft were not confirmed.
Earlier, the press secretary of the Russian leader Dmitry Peskov, without giving an exact date, said that the talks between Lukashenko and Putin are scheduled for the end of May. According to him, in particular, the parties will discuss integration issues.
In less than a week after the Putin-Biden summit in Geneva, Washington has announced the preparation of new sanctions against Russia. It appears interesting how the Kremlin commented on the news