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Phone conversation between Putin and Lukashenko: Parties agreed to "strengthen allied relations"

Source : 112 Ukraine

The parties also discussed the extradition of the members of Wagner PMC to Russia
19:42, 15 August 2020

AFP

During a telephone conversation between Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin, the parties discussed the situation in Belarus, the extradition of the members of Wagner PMC to Russia and agreed to strengthen allied relations. This was reported by the Kremlin press service.

"Alexander Lukashenko informed about the situation in Belarus after the presidential elections. Both sides expressed confidence that all the problems that have arisen will be settled soon. In connection with the return of 32 citizens previously detained in Belarus to Russia, a positive assessment was given to the close interaction of specialized departments on this issue. It was agreed to continue regular contacts at various levels and confirmed the disposition to strengthen allied relations, which fully meets the fundamental interests of the fraternal peoples of Russia and Belarus," the message says.

Earlier, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that aggression was being launched against Belarus and he wanted to contact Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Related: Kyiv citizens made chain of solidarity in support of people of Belarus

“I want to say that the protection of Belarus today is no less than the protection of our entire space, the Union State, and an example to others. If the Belarusians fail, this wave will roll there. That is why they clung to us so much,” Lukashenko noted.

The protests in the Republic of Belarus began on the evening of August 9, after voting in the presidential elections in the country.

After the announcement of the preliminary election results, protests began in several cities of Belarus, the most massive in Minsk. The protests continue to this day. More than 6 700 people were detained during the protests.

Related: Belarusian opposition expects Ukraine to recognize Tsikhanouskaya as president

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