Putin and Lukashenko score 9 goals in hockey game after talks

  • Russian President Putin and Belarusian President Lukashenko played hockey together on Wednesday.
  • Putin scored seven goals in the game while Lukashenko scored two.
  • The authoritarian ruling duo played hockey after holding diplomatic talks near St. Petersburg.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko played a hockey game together on Wednesday after meeting for diplomatic talks – and scoring a total of nine goals in the game.

Putin scored seven goals in the match, while Lukashenko scored two, according to Sky News.

They both played for the same team in the friendly match that took place in Strelna, Russia, near St. Petersburg, Russian state media TASS reported.

Famous Russian hockey players including Pavel Bure, Alexei Kasatonov, Valery Kamensky, Ilya Kovalchuk and Vyacheslav Fetisov also took part in the match, TASS reported.

Putin and Lukashenko also spoke together on state television in diplomatic talks on Wednesday, Yahoo News reported.

After the meeting, Putin announced that Russia and Belarus are planning to hold joint military exercises in February or March 2022, according to the Times.

This isn’t the first time Putin and Lukashenko have played hockey together – they also played a game in Sochi in early 2020.

Putin and Lukashenko’s hockey game came a day before Putin scheduled talks with Biden amid Russia’s military build-up near the Ukrainian border.

Catherine J. Martinez