Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko agreed a raft of measures in the video callImage: MIKHAIL METZEL/SPUTNIK/AFP/Getty Images
Russia, Belarus agree on deeper integration
November 4, 2021
The two countries have signed a series of agreements to further integrate their economies, power sector and taxation systems. The measures come after the EU tightened sanctions on Belarus earlier this year.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday gave embattled Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko his backing against foreign "interference" during a virtual meeting aiming to move the two countries closer together.
Putin hailed the "brotherly" ties between Russia and Belarus in a TV address after the two leaders signed a new package of measures in areas ranging from energy to defense.
What were the latest talks about?
Thursday's agreements saw Belarus and Russia align on areas of taxation, banking, industry and agriculture.
They followed a deal reached in September to work together on 28 programs that moved toward a decades-old plan for a "union state" between the former Soviet Union members.