07 August 2020

Ties between Russia and Belarus cool ahead of presidential elections Ties between Russia and Belarus cool ahead of presidential elections

euronews.com

Russian President Putin and Belarusian President Lukashenko on Friday had their first conversation since reports 33 Russians were arrested on July 29 in Minsk. Belarusian authorities said they had detained the "mercenary" group last week on charges of planning "mass protests" ahead of the presidential election. But Russia has denied claims, adding that the 33 Russians were not linked to activists opposing Lukashenko. The Kremlin has demanded their quick release, saying they stayed in Belarus [...]