Russia’s Putin arrives in Belarus for talks with Lukashenko

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Russian President Vladimir Putin landed in Minsk on Monday afternoon for talks with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, the Russian state-run TASS news agency reported.

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Putin’s visit was his first visit there in more than three years, as increasing military activity, inspections and troop movements in Belarus, one of the launchpads for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, have spooked Kyiv.

Before his arrival, the Kremlin dismissed the idea that Putin was traveling to Belarus in order to push Minsk to take a more active role in the conflict in Ukraine, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said such reports were “groundless” and “stupid.”

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