Putin announced the acceleration of unification processes with Belarus

“Unprecedented sanctions pressure” is pushing for this: together it will be easier for countries to minimize the damage from restrictions, the President of Russia explained

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Pressure on Russia and Belarus from Western countries contributes to the unification processes of countries. This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin in an address to the participants of the IX Forum of the Regions of Russia and Belarus, the video was published on the Kremlin website.

“Unprecedented political and sanctions pressure from the so-called collective West is pushing us to accelerate unification processes»,— he said.

According to Putin, together it will be easier for countries to minimize the damage from sanctions, master the production of products in demand, develop new competencies and expand cooperation with friendly countries.

Russia and Belarus continue to increase cooperation in politics , trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres, taking into account the interests of each other, Putin noted.

He called the launch of industrial and technological renewal programs a priority for countries. Russia is ready to support Belarusian investment projects to create new and modernize existing industries, the president said.

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Russia and Belarus came under the sanctions of the European Union and other Western countries after Moscow recognized the LPR and DPR and the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has stated that military countries do not take part in hostilities in Ukraine.

Putin and Lukashenko have repeatedly called Western sanctions illegal. In mid-June, the Belarusian president stressed that the country should “get out beautifully” from the situation with restrictions.

On June 25, the presidents of Russia and Belarus held talks in St. Petersburg. Lukashenka invited Putin to support 15 major joint projects. He approved them and promised to allocate $1.5 billion. At the same time, the leaders agreed to produce import-substituting products and tightly control this process.

At the same time, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Moscow and Minsk must urgently strengthen the defense capability of the Union State, increase the combat readiness of the regional grouping of troops and the unified regional air defense system. He said that Russia and Belarus are cooperating “under conditions of unprecedented pressure from the West, an undeclared war.”

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