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Lukashenko, Putin discusses situation in Belarus

The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has discussed the situation in the country in a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, BelTA quotes the President’s Press Office as saying.

Lukashenko said on Saturday he wanted to speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin, warning street protests were not just a threat to Belarus.

Mass unrest followed Lukashenko’s re-election victory last week, as tens of thousands of people took to the streets accusing him of rigging the vote.

“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,” he said, according to BelTa.

“Defending Belarus today is no less than defending our entire space, the union state, and an example to others … Those who roam the streets, most of them do not understand this,” Lukashenko said.

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