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Putin Scheduled To Meet With Lukashenka In Sochi

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka (right) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (file photo)

The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka are scheduled to meet in Russia's Black Sea port city of Sochi.

Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow on August 22 that the talks will take place later that same day.

Lukashenka harshly criticized Moscow on August 10 for what he called a "failure to carry out its obligations as a member of the Eurasian Economic Union" (EES) -- a Russian-led bloc that includes Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.

Lukashenka said Russia competed unfairly with its partners in the bloc, and that Belarus would do its best to create "equal competitive conditions" for all the EES members.

Peskov said on August 22 that "the volume of Russian-Belarusian ties is huge," and therefore, there may be some contentious "issues."

"Those are working issues that will be regulated," Peskov said, adding that "the two presidents meet with each other to solve such issues as well."

Based on reporting by Interfax and TASS