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    President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin meets with President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko (File photo)

    Putin Congratulates Belarusian Leader With Independence Day

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko with Independence Day and highlighted the countries' improving bilateral ties, the Kremlin said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The president also expressed confidence in the extension of diplomatic ties between the countries.

    "The Russian president noted with satisfaction the upward trend in cooperation between the two countries, the high level of cooperation within the framework of the Union State, the Eurasian Economic Union… and expressed confidence in the further active expansion of the entire range of mutually beneficial Russian-Belarusian relations," the Kremlin said.

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