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Putin to welcome Belarusian leader Lukashenka in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his address to the nation at the Kremlin in Moscow on Feb. 21, 2022. (ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

Belarusian authoritarian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka is headed to Moscow on April 5 for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine. The two leaders were to discuss progress on creating their Russia-Belarus Union State, a statement from the Kremlin said. Among other bilateral issues to be discussed is the stationing of tactical nuclear weapons on Belarusian territory directly on the border with Poland, as announced by Putin, and a reaction to Finland’s accession to NATO.