Russia: Belarus faces 'unprecedented external pressure' — Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko took part in a joint forum of Russian and Belarusian Regions via video link on Tuesday. Speaking about the current situation in Belarus amid the ongoing anti-government protests, Putin stated that the country faces «unprecedented external pressure». «Relations between Russia and Belarus are not prone to either time or momentary sentiment because they have a solid foundation and our states are united by strong cultural and spiritual ties rooted in the past centuries, extensive kinship and family ties, and a common history», he added. Lukashenko on his turn highlighted the joint work on a UN General Assembly draft resolution on fighting neo-Nazism. Mass demonstrations have taken place in Belarus since the disputed presidential election last month, that saw Lukashenko re-elected for a sixth term.

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