Sep 14, 2020
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Peskov: new loan to Minsk cannot be regarded as Moscow’s interference


The fact that Russia will provide Belarus with a state loan of $ 1.5 billion cannot be interpreted as interference in the affairs of the republic. This was stated by the representative of the Kremlin Dmitry Peskov.

He said this following the results of negotiations between the leaders of the two countries, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, which took place on September 14 in Sochi.

This should in no way be interpreted as interference in the internal affairs of Belarus, we are categorically against this, - leads words of Peskov TASS.

On September 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart said that Moscow would provide Minsk with a state loan of $ 1.5 billion, and the finance ministers of both countries are already working on this issue.

The visit to Sochi was for Lukashenko the first foreign trip after the elections in the republic on August 9, in which he won the sixth victory in a row. Their results sparked massive protests and thousands of people took to the streets. They believe that the voting results were falsified. According to the Central Election Commission of the republic, 80.1% of the voters voted for the incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko, and 10.1% for his main rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.

On Monday, former presidential candidate of Belarus Svetlana Tikhanovskaya addressed Russian leader Vladimir Putin before his meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. According to her, the agreements adopted in the course of bilateral negotiations will not have legal force and will be reviewed by the new government. After Tikhanovskaya reacted to the decision of Moscow and warned that the money "will be used to suppress protests in the country."

As wrote, Putin also gave instructions on preparing the supply of vaccines against COVID-19 to Belarus.

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