Russia will provide comprehensive assistance at the first request from the Belarusian authorities to ensure the security of Belarus in the event of external military threats. The head of state Alexander Lukashenko said this today at a meeting at the Ministry of Defense of Belarus, BelTA informs.
"When it comes to the military component, we have an agreement with the Russian Federation within the framework of the Union State and the CSTO. These are the moments that fit this agreement. Therefore, today I had a long, detailed conversation with the Russian President about the situation," Lukashenko said.
According to him, Belarus and Russia agreed that at the first request of the Belarusian authorities, comprehensive assistance will be provided to ensure the country's security.
As you know, protests in the Republic of Belarus began on the evening of August 9, after voting in the presidential elections in the country. According to the final data of the CEC, the incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko received 80.1% of the vote, his main opponent Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya - 10.1%.
In turn, the candidate for the presidency of Belarus Tsikhanouskaya on August 10 did not recognize the preliminary results of the voting, announced by the Central Election Commission. She declared that she considers herself the winner in the elections and demanded to re-count the votes.
After the announcement of the preliminary election results, protests began in several cities of Belarus, the most massive in Minsk. They continue to this day. More than 6 700 people were detained during the protests.