MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin is to satisfy his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko in the Russian metropolis of St Petersburg on April 3, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained on Thursday.
Russia and Belarus are common allies, but relations have turn out to be strained since Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014, a move that Lukashenko has explained as a “undesirable precedent”.
Moscow and Minsk are in a dispute over the value that Belarus pays for imports of Russian fuel, and over a reduction in the volumes of crude oil that Russia ships to Belarus.
Peskov, on a typical meeting connect with with reporters, explained the disagreements involving Minsk and Moscow over trade would be on the agenda for the April 3 conference.
(Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova Crafting by Christian Lowe)