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Putin: Western political pressure to accelerate Russia's integration with Belarus

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Moscow — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday accelerates integration with Belarus, which is adjacent to Russia, due to political pressure from the West He said he was urging him to do so.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said last week that the two countries must take urgent joint steps to improve their defense capabilities and military readiness for combat.

(Reported by Reuters, edited by Kevin Liffey)