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Kremlin says no exceptions for Belarus in repaying $1.5 billion loan

FILE PHOTO: Russia's President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting in Sochi, Russia September 14, 2020, in this still image taken from a video. Russian Presidential Executive Office/Handout via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin on Tuesday said no exceptions would be made for Minsk in how it repays a $1.5 billion (1.16 billion pounds) loan, agreed between President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko on Monday.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the loan would have to be serviced like any other. He said relations between Belarus and Russia remained closely united and brotherly, something Russia hoped would continue.

He added that the two men had discussed energy supplies between their countries, but declined to give further details.

Reporting by Alexander Marrow and Dmitry Antonov; Editing by Mark Trevelyan

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