Lukashenko announces security deal with Putin

By | August 15, 2020
Lukashenko announces security deal with Putin

Alexander Lukashenko disclosed details of telephone conversations with Vladimir Putin and noted that the Russian leader agreed to help Belarus at the first security request.
The Belarusian leader recalled the existence of an agreement between Moscow and Minsk within the framework of the Union State and the CSTO.
“These are the moments that fit this treaty. That’s why today I had a long, detailed conversation with the Russian president about the situation,” Lukashenko said.
He admitted that he was surprised because Putin, according to him, was fully devoted to what is happening in the republic.
“And we have agreed that at the first request we will provide comprehensive assistance to ensure the security of the Republic of Belarus,” the President concluded.
Lukashenko said that he also agreed with Putin on cooperation to prevent the creation of a “cordon of countries” separating Russia from the West.
“”We don’t want to be a place to be a place to sanitize someone, to be a sanitary cordon,” the president said.
Negotiations between the leaders of the two countries took place this morning.
No requests were made
Commenting on Lukashenko’s words about the agreement with Putin, the spokesman of the Collective Security Treaty Organization Vladimir Seynetdinov explained that Belarus can ask for help from the CSTO if the defense of the republic is threatened by external danger.
At the same time, he specified that no requests had been received from Minsk so far. If the country’s authorities seek the help of the organization, the CSTO will consider the appeal in due course.
The grounds of the appeal are spelled out in the Collective Security Treaty and the Charter of the Organization. The general principle is that all decisions are made after appropriate consultations with all CSTO member states,” he concluded.
In Belarus on August 9, presidential elections were held, in which, according to the CEC, Alexander Lukashenko won 80 percent of the votes, his main rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya – ten percent.
The opposition did not recognize the published results, and Tikhanovskaya herself left the country and went to Lithuania.
Unsanctioned actions continue in Belarus, some of which are suppressed by the security forces. Tear gas, water cannons, stun grenades and rubber bullets are used against the protesters.
According to official data, about seven thousand people were detained. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic, hundreds of people were injured during the riots, including 103 law enforcement officers. One protester, according to the Interior Ministry, was killed while trying to throw an improvised explosive device at the police.

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