Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko announced after a three-day bilateral meeting with Russia President Vladimir Putin, that Belarus is ready to merge with Russia. Russia could incorporate Belarus in a similar fashion to how they absorbed Crimea.
The Russia-Belarus merger is expected to happen before 2024, as Lukashenko said that Belarussians are ready for the union as both state and people are ready to consolidate effort together.
Russia president Vladimir Putin noted that completely independent states do not exist in the world, as many countries are dependent on their neighbors.
Both President Putin and Lukashenko have welcomed the idea of unification as this will create a new state and new map for both Russia and Belarus.