Sep 14, 2020
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Putin: Belarusians must deal with the situation themselves

During the talks with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about the events taking place in the republic after the August 9 elections. According to the Russian leader, the people of Belarus must deal with the current state of affairs themselves.

The meeting of the two presidents is taking place in Sochi. Earlier, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the negotiations would last as long as necessary. Lukashenka’s press service noted that the leaders are going to discuss the state and prospects of bilateral cooperation in various fields, union relations, international problems and more. The meeting is held in a one-on-one format.

During the talks, Putin commented on the events in Belarus. The President said that the people of the republic must deal with the situation on their own, without any outside prompts. In addition, Putin spoke about the proposals to start work on the Belarusian Constitution. The Russian leader called this idea logical and timely.

For Lukashenka, these negotiations are taking place within the framework of his first foreign visit since the August 9 elections. The voting results led to massive protests in Belarus that continue to this day. Tens of thousands of people participate in street marches, believing the voting results to be falsified. According to the official data of the Central Election Commission of the republic, 80.1% of voters voted for Lukashenka, and 10.1% for his main rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.

As wrote earlier, Tikhanovskaya turned to Putin before meeting with 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.

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