Putin and Lukashenko will open the memorial to Soviet soldiers near Rzhev
The President of Russia Vladimir Putin in the company Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday to take part in the opening of the memorial to Soviet soldiers near Rzhev, reported the press service of the Kremlin.
As reported, Putin invited Lukashenko at a ceremony on 24 June in day of carrying out in Moscow of the Victory parade. A few days later the President of Belarus confirmed its plans to attend the opening of the memorial and in the framework of this visit to hold talks with Putin.
The memorial was completed in April of this year, but its Grand opening was planned for the 75th anniversary of Victory on may 9 was postponed because of the situation with coronavirus infection.
Memorial to Soviet soldiers was created on public donations, on the initiative of veterans of the great Patriotic war. It is located near the village of Khoroshevo Rzhevsky district of Tver region, near the Federal highway M-9 Moscow - Riga. The project was implemented Russian military-historical society with the support of the Union state, the Ministry of culture of Russia and the government of the Tver region.
Rzhevskiy the soldier is a bronze sculpture with a height of 25 meters and weighing about 80 tons. The monument was built based on photographs of the actual participants in the Rzhev battle.
In 1942-1943 in offensive and defensive operations in the area of the Rzhev-Vyazma bulge Soviet forces lost about 400 thousand people killed, missing and prisoners. The General loss (including injuries) amounted to 1.16 million people. The battle was of great importance for the achievement of the red Army the radical change in the great Patriotic war and ended with the victory of the Soviet troops. In 2007 Rzhev was awarded the honorary title "City of military glory".
Press Secretary of Russian leader Dmitry Peskov told RIA Novosti that the presidents of Russia and Belarus, surely, will be able to communicate separately. He later confirmed the Agency plans to hold bilateral talks.
One of the topics discussed may be the recent words of the Belarusian leader, who said of outside interference in elections in the Republic. He noted that "the most modern phony technology, is the intervention from abroad in our elections, internal Affairs." At the same time, Peskov noted that Russia is not going to interfere in the electoral processes in other countries, especially in Belarus.
The heads of state can discuss the situation with BGB. It for 20 years headed the Victor Babariko who planned to participate in presidential elections in the country. The Bank operates in Belarus since 1990. "Gazprom" and Gazprombank owns 49,818% of its shares. In June at the head office of Belgazprombank were searched. The state control Committee of the Republic said that the Bank acted organized criminal group, the conclusion of money abroad. KGC has initiated a criminal case on articles about the tax evasion and money laundering obtained by criminal means. June 18, were detained by Babariko and his son Eduard, who heads the campaign headquarters of his father. All in all, about 20 people were detained, including top managers of the Bank.
Another topic for negotiations will be the situation with the supply of parts from Russia to Baranavichy aircraft repair plant. According to Lukashenko, Russia "from case to case tips the plant to supply components for repair and modernization of aircraft".
It's unlikely the sides will bypass the subject of coronavirus. Earlier Putin in a telephone conversation with Lukashenko invited the Republic to use the cure COVID-19, which the Russian side has received on the basis of the Japanese medication. Lukashenka said then that the drug will be procured in the required volume and will be used in the treatment.
Questions remain in the subject of oil and gas supplies to Belarus. Belarus insists on revision of gas prices for 2020, which defines its "correct and equitable" negotiations the Ministry of energy of the Republic conducts with "Gazprom" and the Russian Ministry of energy. Earlier, Lukashenko said that in the current environment, the price of Russian gas to Minsk should be 40-45 dollars per thousand cubic meters taking into account logistics, not $ 127, as they are now. In addition, Belarus diversifitsirovat oil supplies to its refineries on the background of periodic pricing disputes with Russia as a major and traditional supplier. Continuing to buy Russian oil supplies through the main Druzhba pipeline and by rail, Minsk works with the alternative transportation routes of raw materials to their refineries by sea, with transshipment in the ports of Odessa and Klaipeda.
The Deputy Director of the CIS Institute Vladimir Zharikhin stated RIA Novosti the opinion that the talks between Putin and Lukashenko will be difficult.
He noted that much will depend on the President of Belarus, which last months "often made statements that were quite insulting to the Russian leadership and the story of the "Belgazprombank", of course, does not improve the atmosphere of negotiations."
But, the expert said, the Russian President "all the past years have tried to be above such hard feelings that their actions and statements often tried to inflict Lukashenko."