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April 4, 2015

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin, (out of camera range) meet in Minsk, 14 December 2007. As the two began talks, Lukashenko, who is a virtual pariah in the West and subject to European Union sanctions, played down media speculation that they would take steps toward a long-delayed plan on merging Belarus with its giant ally Russia. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA (Photo credit should read NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images)