Sep 14, 2020
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Russia considers Lukashenko to be the legitimate president of Belarus

Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko

The Kremlin views Alexander Lukashenko as the legitimately elected Belarusian president. This was stated by the press secretary of the Russian leader Dmitry Peskov.

Thus, he answered the journalists' question whether Moscow does not think that against the background of the rallies of the Belarusian people who do not agree with the results of the elections in the country, Lukashenka lacks that very legitimacy.

Alexander Grigorievich is the legitimate president of Belarus- said Peskov.

Putin's press secretary also noted that the Belarusian leader is a longtime counterpart of his leader in interstate relations.

At the same time, Peskov stressed that those who do not agree with the voting results and those who do not question them are "citizens of our brotherly Belarus."

We appreciate and love all of them, but as Vladimir Putin said from the very beginning, we want everything in Belarus to take place not in the form of unconstitutional processes, but in a legal way, - quotes the representative of the Kremlin "Interfax".

On September 14, Putin and Lukashenko held talks. The main results of the meeting in Sochi were agreements that Moscow would provide Minsk with a state loan of $ 1.5 billion, the withdrawal of the reserve of Russian security officials created on the border with the republic, and its transfer to places of permanent deployment, as well as Putin's instructions on Belarus of the first batch of Russian vaccine against coronavirus. In addition, Putin supported Lukashenko's initiative to carry out constitutional reform in Belarus.

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.

As wrote, Peskov had previously stated that the new loan to Minsk should not be regarded as Moscow's interference.

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