Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed Belarus counterpart Alexander Lukashenko to Moscow on Wednesday for two days of talks.
Cabinet ministers from both countries will be attending Thursday’s meeting to discuss the establishment of a union state of Russia and Belarus in the future.
“I must say that we have done a lot as a result of our joint work in all areas,” Putin told Lukashenko in comments broadcast by state television.
Today, they are expected to discuss stronger cooperation on economic and security issues, including the planned deployment of tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus.
Putin said a storage facility for such weapons is scheduled to be constructed in Belarus by July 1.
The two countries claim that the threat from NATO is growing as member countries boost military support for Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited neighboring Poland on Wednesday as he prepares to make massive counterattacks on Russia. He called for further support to fully retake Russian-occupied territory.