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Putin says Western sanctions accelerating the integration of Russia and Belarus

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that clearing Western sanctions would only accelerate the integration of Russia and Belarus.

Western nations have imposed several sanctions on both Moscow and Minsk in retaliation for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, and Belarus has been accused of being the stage for Russia’s invasion of northern Ukraine.

“Unprecedented political and sanctions pressures from the so-called” collective west “are pushing us to accelerate the unification process,” Putin said. Said At the video address to the annual forums in Russia and the Belarus region.

“After all, it’s easy to minimize the damage caused by illegal sanctions, learn to produce products in demand, develop new capabilities, and expand cooperation with friendly countries.” He continued.

Putin’s Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Lukaschenko, is the only president of the former Soviet Republic to openly support Russia’s so-called “special military operations” in Ukraine.

Also speak in the forum, Lukaschenko Said The former Soviet Republic should be interested in strengthening relations between Belarus and Russia, “of course, if you want to maintain sovereignty and independence.”

Russia and Belarus are formally part of a “coalition” that enables broader economic and defense cooperation. After years of negotiations for further integration, Lukaschenko rejected the proposal for substantive political and economic unity.

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/07/01/western-sanctions-speeding-up-russia-and-belarus-integration-putin-says-a78181 Putin says Western sanctions accelerating the integration of Russia and Belarus

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