Putin says sure will be able to solve disputes with Belarus

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Russia's President Putin speaks by phone with Turkmenistan's President Berdymukhamedov in Dushanbe

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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