Russian FM denies Vladimir Putin would lead a union state with Belarus

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Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has denied that President Vladimir Putin intends to become the head of a union state made up of Russia and Belarus.

“Not a single part of the Union Treaty implies that there is a purpose to put someone on the presidential throne. Read the text of the treaty. You are professionals. There are no words about it,” Mr Lavrov said on June 6.

In April, the Russian media reported that Moscow had offered Belarusian president Aleksander Lukashenko the position of prime minister of the union state.

Mr Lavrov added that an intergovernmental working group on bilateral integration would discuss economic and financial integration by the end of June.