“OhNaughty [sexta-feira]The French news agency quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as telling reporters that it was the official day of the talks, and today is the informal part, adding that the two presidents “took advantage of the good weather” and “went on a boat trip.”
Telegram Pool Pervogo, which acts as an unofficial narrative of the Belarusian presidency, posted a photo showing the heads of the two countries talking, apparently on a boat, in informal clothes.
According to Dmitry Peskov, Putin and Lukashenko talked mainly about “economic cooperation” of covid-19 and “fighting the epidemic”, but also about Minsk’s diversion of Ryanair on May 23 to the arrest of dissident journalist Roman Protasevich and his companion, who were on the plane.
The interception of the Athens-Vilnius flight caused resentment in Europe and the United States, which have imposed sanctions against the Lukashenko regime, specifically by urging European airlines to bypass Belarusian airspace.
“Lukashenko provided his counterpart with detailed information about what happened on board the Ryanair plane,” a Moscow spokesman said, adding that Russia “was not indifferent to the fate” of Protasevich’s companion, Sophia Sabija.
According to the Kremlin, Lukashenko “did not apply for additional financial assistance” from Russia, the main creditor of Belarus, but they agreed to work “in regulating the air route” between the two countries, taking into account the restrictions. Imposed by the European Union.
Dmitry Peskov reiterated that Moscow wants a “comprehensive investigation” into the circumstances of the interception of Ryanair’s flight, accusing Western countries of reaching “hasty conclusions.”
On Friday, the US government announced measures against the Belarusian president’s regime.
White House spokeswoman Jane Psaki called for a “credible international investigation” into the diversion of the Ryanair plane, saying that these events “are a direct affront to international standards.”
He added that the United States is preparing with the European Union “a list of targeted sanctions against important members of the Lukashenko regime, linked to current human rights violations and corruption, fraud in the 2020 elections and the May 23 events.” official speaker.
The US Treasury is also developing sanctions against “elements of the Lukashenko regime and its support network.”
The United States also advised its citizens to avoid traveling to Belarus and to “take extreme precautions” if they were considering boarding a plane over this country.
Washington confirmed that economic sanctions would take effect on June 3 on nine Belarusian state-owned companies.
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