MINSK, March 31. /TASS/. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Friday said he planned to meet with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, a day before the meeting of the Supreme State Council (SSC) of the Union State [of Russia and Belarus] slated for April 6 convenes.
"Putin and I will meet a day before the Supreme State Council. I made a call a few days ago and offered this sequence, just like he held talks with [Chinese President] Xi Jinping. We will discuss a number of issues that won’t be on the agenda at the SSC," he said in an address to the people and parliament of Belarus.
Earlier on Friday, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that during a meeting next week in Moscow, Lukashenko and Putin "will most certainly" discuss the Belarusian president’s proposals to resolve the situation around Ukraine, which call for declaring a truce "without the right to deploy and regroup troops on either side, [and] without the right to transfer weapons and ammunition, personnel and equipment." Speaking about the proposal, Lukashenko noted that in the event that "the West once again tried to use a pause to strengthen its positions by deception, Russia would have to use the full force of its military-industrial complex and army to prevent an escalation of the conflict.".