Belarus Strongman Says Putin Ready to ‘Help Ensure Security’

President Alexander Lukashenko said Saturday that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin has actually provided complete aid to ensure protection in Belarus as thousands held peaceful objections against his rule.

” To speak about the military aspect, we have a contract with Russia as component of the union state and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Such situations loss under that contract,” Lukashenko informed protection principals, quoted by Belta state information agency.

” I had a long, significant conversation today with the Russian president … We concurred that at our extremely initial demand, thorough help will certainly be given to ensure the safety and security of Belarus.”

Belarus and also Russia have actually created a “union state” connecting their militaries as well as economies, while the CSTO is a military partnership in between six ex-Soviet states.

Lukashenko had a phone conversation with Putin previously Saturday and also the Kremlin stated the leaders “shared self-confidence that all the troubles that have developed will be settled quickly”.

Russia has been the only next-door neighbor of Belarus to back Lukashenko during the mass objections that have actually obtained growing assistance from Belarusians and also attracted global condemnation of police violence and vote-rigging.

Belarus Vote Challenger Calls for ‘Peaceful’ Protests in All Cities

The major challenger in Belarus’s questioned presidential political election called Friday for mass weekend break rallies throughout the country in support of her insurance claim to have actually defeated strongman Alexander Lukashenko.

” Belarusians will never ever want to live with the previous federal government once more. The majority do not count on his victory,” Svetlana Tikhanovskaya stated in a video clip address.

” I ask the mayors of all cities to arrange peaceful mass celebrations in every city on Aug. 15 and also 16.”

Tikhanovskaya, who left the country for neighboring Lithuania on Tuesday, stated Belarus had actually gone through memorable modification as well as condemned a cops crackdown on demonstrations that has actually seen thousands of individuals detained, hundreds wounded and a minimum of two dead.

” Six months ago, no one thought that Belarusians would have the ability to say and also unite ‘no’ to the old federal government. However it happened,” she stated.

” The federal government transformed the tranquil demo of citizens in the roads right into a bloody massacre,” Tikhanovskaya stated.

” The scenario is critical. We require to quit the violence on the roads of Belarus’s cities. I contact the authorities to stop this as well as start a dialogue.”

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