February 28, 2017 / 12:03 PM / 6 months ago

Putin says sure will be able to solve disputes with Belarus

Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks by phone with Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, February 28, 2017. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

BISHKEK (Reuters) - Russia is confident it will be able to resolve a series of disputes with Belarus, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday, referring to disagreements over a joint border and energy deliveries.

"I am sure we will be able to find a way out," Putin told a news conference in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, after meeting his Kyrgyz counterpart Almazbek Atambayev.

Earlier this month, Belarus accused Russia of trying to restore a formal border zone between the two countries, a move it said flouted agreements on freedom of movement and trade.

Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Writing by Aleksandar Vasovic; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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