Putin agreed to a millionaire loan with Lukashenko as pressure grows on Belarus due to the plane's diversion.

source: aljazeera.com

The Kremlin spokesman, Dimitri Peskov, announced this Saturday that this loan is the second tranche of a loan package agreed upon before the controversial landing.

The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and the Belarusian dictator, Aleksandr Lukashenko, have agreed that Minsk receives a loan of 500 million dollars (more than 410 million euros) after a meeting between the two leaders this Friday and amid the increase of the pressure on Belarus due to the crisis of the forced landing of a plane in Minsk.

Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov announced on Saturday that the loan was the second installment of a loan package agreed upon before the controversial landing and that Belarus "has not submitted any request for additional aid," according to the agency. TASS.

Likewise, Peskov shared that there were two main topics at the meeting, "the further development of trade and economic cooperation between Russia and Belarus, as well as the fight against the pandemic."

At the meeting held this Friday in the city of Sochi, in the Russian Caucasus, the Belarusian dictator expressed his displeasure at the alleged external attempts to bring his country to the crisis levels registered after the August 2020 elections.


The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, reiterated this Sunday that he wants to continue pressing Belarus to secure the release of journalist Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend Sofia Sapega, detained after the plane landed by the Belarusian authorities.

"We will maintain the attention and the pressure, and we hope that this will lead to the liberation of both," he said in statements to the German media group Funke, as well as described the EU's reaction to this crisis as "strong and unified." DPA.

Sassoli proposed this week that airports in European Union member states be filled with photos of the journalist following the agreement of leaders to advance sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko's regime and limit the use of Belarusian airspace.

For its part, the European Commission has presented this Friday a plan to support the democratic transition in Belarus, a proposal with which it wants to mobilize up to 3,000 million in aid, but that will only be activated if the country advances on the democratic path.

The proposal comes in line with the agreement of the Twenty-seven leader's last fall for a package of support for the Belarusian opposition and its fight for democracy in the country.