Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko will meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Sochi on the evening of Friday, May 28, 2021.

This was reported by Telegram's pul_1 channel.

Since Friday morning, Lukashenko has been receiving prime ministers of the CIS countries, after which he plans to go on a working visit to Russia.

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"Negotiations with Putin in Sochi are scheduled along towards evening," the report said.

The meeting will take place against the backdrop of the scandal with the forced landing of a Ryanair plane and the detention of journalist Roman Protasevich.

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Forced landing

  • On May 23, 2021, Belarus scrambled a fighter jet to make a Ryanair plane, which was heading from Athens to Vilnius, land in Minsk. Founder of Telegram's opposition channel NEXTA Roman Protasevich was on board the plane.
  • After the plane landed, Protasevich and his girlfriend were detained. In Belarus, he is facing the death penalty.
  • The Belarusian authorities explained the emergency landing of the plane by a bomb threat.
  • But Swiss-registered internet service provider Proton Technologies AG denies that information, saying that the message about the bomb threat was sent after the plane had been diverted towards Belarus.