Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko believes that time has come to expand defence-related cooperation with Russia, including arms exports. In his words, cooperation between the two countries in exporting arms and military hardware to foreign markets "is no secret." "We have something to sell, most importantly, we do not break international norms and standards," Mr. Lukashenko said. On Wednesday, the head of Belarus met Director General of the Rosoboronexport company Andrei Belyaninov and Executive Secretary of the Russian-Belarussian Financial and Industrial Group Oboronitelnye Sistemy Sergei Batekhin. Oboronitelnye Sistemy (or Defensive Systems) is the only interstate financial and industrial group created on the basis of preexisting cooperation between Russian and Belarussian companies, which worked together to design, produce, and upgrade air-defence systems.
Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, who was accredited for the press conference by Vladimir Putin from Dozhd (Rain) television channel, asked Putin about competition at the coming election
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign