Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (L) gestures as he speaks to Belarus's President Alexander Lukashenko during their meeting at the Independence Palace in Minsk on May 30, 2014. AFP PHOTO / RIA NOVOSTI / POOL / DMITRY ASTAKHOV
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