Minsk, July 9, Interfax - Belorussian President Alexander Lukashenko has denied rumors of secret talks he is allegedly planning to have with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his visit to Valaam.
Many media outlets, especially those of the opposition, are speculating and suggesting that Lukashenko and Putin might strike a secret deal in Valaam.
"We aren't planning to make any secret deals in Valaam. [The trip] is the Russian president's idea. It's an Orthodox holy site. I simply must visit it. I'm grateful that he's going to give me a personal tour and will tell me how [Valaam] is being renovated and what's already been done. There's nothing secret," the state-run news agency BelTA quoted Lukashenko as saying during a meeting with State Secretary of the Russia-Belarus Union State Grigory Rapota in Minsk on Tuesday.