Putin, Lukashenko say problems in Belarus will be solved as protests surge
The leaders of Russia and Belarus agreed on Saturday that the problems in Belarus would be resolved soon, the Kremlin said, as tens of thousands took to the streets in Minsk once again to urge President Alexander Lukashenko to quit.
Ties between the two traditional allies had been under strain before the election, as Russia scaled back the subsidies that propped up Lukashenko’s government. Russia sees Belarus as a strategic buffer against NATO and the EU.Statements by both sides contained a pointed reference to a “union state” between the two countries. Lukashenko has previously rejected calls by Moscow for closer economic and political ties as an assault on his country’s sovereignty.
“Both sides expressed confidence that all the problems that have arisen will be resolved soon,” a Kremlin statement said after Lukashenko and Putin spoke by phone.“These problems should not be exploited by destructive forces seeking to harm the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries within the framework of the union state,” it added.
The European Union is gearing up to impose new sanctions on Belarus in response to a violent crackdown in which at least two protesters have been killed and thousands detained.On a visit to neighbouring Poland, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington was monitoring the situation closely. The leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania called on Belarus to conduct new “free and fair” elections.
Lukashenko said he did not need foreign governments or mediators to solve the situation in Belarus, state news agency Belta reported.“We will not give the country away to anyone,” he said.Related CoverageLukashenko: Belarus does not need outside mediators to solve situation - Belta
See more storiesTens of thousands took to the streets of the Belarusian capital on Saturday. Crowds gathered to lay flowers where one of the protesters was killed this week, waving flags and chanting “go away” and “Lukashenko is a murderer”.‘OUTSIDE MEDDLING’
Lukashenko has accused the protesters of being criminals and in cahoots with foreign backers. Ahead of his call with Putin on Saturday, he suggested that the impact of the protests might spill beyond Belarus’s borders.Moscow this week also accused unnamed countries of “outside meddling” in Belarus.
“There is a need to contact Putin so that I can talk to him now, because it is not a threat to just Belarus anymore,” Lukashenko said, according to the Belta news agency.“Defending Belarus today is no less than defending our entire space, the union state ... Those who roam the streets, most of them do not understand this.”
Opposition presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who fled to neighbouring Lithuania on Tuesday, has called for more protests and an election recount.Her campaign announced she was starting to form a national council to facilitate the transfer of power.
Lukashenko on Friday warned Belarusians to stay at home to avoid becoming “cannon fodder”.Russia has been wary of unrest on its borders since governments fell in Georgia’s 2003 Rose Revolution, Ukraine’s 2003-04 Orange Revolution and Kyiv’s 2014 Maidan protests - events in which it says the West backed the protesters.
A participant embraces a member of Belarusian Interior Ministry troops, who stands guard during an opposition demonstration to protest against police violence and to reject the presidential election results near the Government House in Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
Lukashenko, a 65-year-old who once ran a Soviet collective farm, has faced increasing anger over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic as well as a sluggish economy and civil rights.The official election result handed him a landslide victory with 80% of the vote, compared to around 10% for Tsikhanouskaya. Washington said the vote “was not free and fair”.
“Former president of #Belarus now asks Putin for help. Against whom? Against own people carrying flowers on the streets?” Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius tweeted.Reporting by Polina Devitt and Darya Korsunskaya in Moscow; Andrius Sytas in Vilnius and Ilya Zhegulev in Kyiv; writing by Matthias Williams; editing by John Stonestreet and Giles ElgoodRead more: Reuters Top News »
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Russian military troops in Belarus will undoubtedly lead to DEFCON3 Strange that in a country with a poverty rate of 0.3% people speak about dictatorship..... Lukaschenko doesn't need foreigner to solve the problem but calls the Kremlin 🤔 Jesus Christ what a powerful photo. Protestors all around the world are seeking to undermine our stability as nations...protestors just need to get back to work to provide for their families and help stabilize their own countries
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Kremlin: Putin, Lukashenko confident that Belarus' problems will be resolved Belarus ian President Alexander Lukashenko and Russia n President Vladimir Putin expressed confidence on Saturday that all problems that have arisen in Belarus will soon be resolved, the Kremlin said. 🧐 they asked for daddy’s approval lol 'Already tourism is booming again, with 10,000 tourists dressed in green arriving soon'
Thousand gather in Belarus capital in protest as Putin and Lukashenko speakMinsk has seen several thousand gather in a new protest, indicating that opposition to Belarus ian President Alexander Lukashenko's re-election is not going away.
Lukashenko: I need to contact Putin, protests not just threat to Belarus Belarus ian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Saturday he wanted to speak to Russia n President Vladimir Putin, warning street protests were not just a threat to Belarus . THE DICTATOR temmuz1919 Ya ne gerek var baskan, ver anahtari cek kapiyi. He needs to contact Putin because Putin owns him.
Lukashenko: I need to contact Putin, protests not just threat to Belarus Belarus ian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Saturday he wanted to speak to Russia n President Vladimir Putin, warning street protests were not just a threat to Belarus . 911 - Putin! TIPO
Protests Grow in Belarus as Opposition Candidate Calls for Election Recount Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya re-emerged after fleeing to neighboring Lithuania , calling for a recount and new protests after last weekend’s disputed election, but longtime President Alexander Lukashenko says he won’t be moved Crowded, not a mask in sight. Surely all those kids will be dead in two weeks. We need some good 'ol Soros-style regime change up in here. Brains in your hands? But schools/ churches are closed....
Lukashenko and Putin discuss Belarus situation - media Belarus ian President Alexander Lukashenko and Russia n President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation inside and around Belarus during a phone call, Interfax news agency reported on Saturday, citing Belarus ian local media. Birds of a feather flock together The second one is sharing his dictatorship experience 😁