Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko. This was announced on Sunday, August 30, Belarus 1 TV channel reports. The leaders discussed all the issues relevant to date. In addition, the general situation in Belarus was also touched upon in the conversation,” the TV channel said in a statement. No other details are given.
The day before, Putin said that Russia recognizes the legitimacy of the presidential elections in Belarus.
The day before, Alexander Lukashenko stressed that if the situation in the country is missed, it could turn into a theater of hostilities. According to him, “his good friend” Vladimir Putin holds the same position.
A few days ago, Putin noted that Russia cares about what is happening in Belarus, but Moscow behaves much more restrained than the United States and Europe.
Protests have continued in Belarus since August 9. The presidential election was held that day. According to the Central Electoral Commission, the current head of state Alexander Lukashenko received more than 80% of the votes. Citizens who disagreed with this result began to take to the streets. They faced opposition from the security forces. The victims were on both sides, and several civilians were killed. Later rallies became peaceful.