OREANDA-NEWS. At the talks in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko will discuss joint projects in the energy sector and the promotion of integration. "The agenda includes topical issues of further development of bilateral relations, the implementation of joint projects in the trade and economic, energy, cultural and humanitarian spheres, as well as the promotion of integration within the framework of the Union State," the Kremlin press service said. Earlier, Lukashenko said that it will mainly be about the economy.

The meeting is scheduled for May 28. According to Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov, this will be "a conversation that will continue over a working lunch." There are no press statements on its results. This will be Lukashenko's third visit to Russia this year. It will take place against the background of the incident with the flight of the Irish company Ryanair, which urgently landed in Minsk due to reports of mining.

Belarusian human rights activists reported that this plane was flown by Roman Protasevich, the founder of the Nexta telegram channel, recognized by the authorities of the republic as extremist. He was detained. Earlier, a criminal case was opened against the journalist on several articles, including organizing mass riots (the penalty is up to 15 years in prison). The European Union has threatened Minsk with sanctions.

The Kremlin representative did not rule out that the leaders may discuss this topic at the meeting, if it is raised by the Belarusian side.