The President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko have finished the negotiations in Kremlin, which lasted almost four hours as TASS reported.
“At first, Lukashenko and Putin have listened to the speeches of the officials; then Putin invited the Belarusian leader to a “working New Year's Eve dinner”. The talks continued behind the closed doors,” the message said.
According to the observers, the compensation of the outlier incomes of Minsk from the tax maneuver held by Russia has become the most pressing issue of the negotiations. The Russian side is concerned about the issue of the periodic violations of the customs regime of the Union State by Belarus.
It is also known that the presidents agreed on one more meeting before the New Year; Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov confirmed this information.
Earlier, Lukashenko stated that he would not call Russia a fraternal state anymore but only a partner. Besides, the Belarusian president expressed the opinion that Moscow wants to incorporate Belarus into the composition of Russia on the pretext of “deep integration”.