Vladimir Putin announced on Monday that Russia is granting a $ 1.5 billion loan to Belarus, for which President Alexander Lukashenko has come to seek economic and military support.
Alexander Loukachenko came to ask for the support of his Russian counterpart in the face of a challenge that has not weakened since the announcement of his re-election.
The day after a new demonstration in Minsk gathered more than 100,000 people demanding the departure of the Belarusian president after 26 years in power, the Russian president received his counterpart in the seaside resort of Sochi, on the Black Sea, where it regularly welcomes visiting dignitaries.
Vladimir Putin did not give details on the loan granted to Belarus, the principle of which was decided during a recent visit by his prime minister to Minsk, he said. The Kremlin later clarified that part of these funds would be used to refinance previous loans.
He also said that the two leaders had agreed during their meeting of nearly four hours to strengthen trade cooperation between their two countries and that they had discussed the energy supply of Belarus.