Published On: Sat, Aug 15th, 2020

Belarus President Lukashenko sends strong warning to protesters ‘Putin will step in’ | World | News

The current protests are the largest since president took power 1994. So far two protesters have died after a heavy police response to clear demonstrations against the presidential results. Mr Lukashenko has reached out to Russian President Vladimir Putin for help to quell the protests rocking Belarus.

Mr Lukashenko in a televised interview said: “The aggression against Belarus is developing.

“We need to contact Putin, the president of Russia, so that I can talk with him now.

“Because this is already a threat not only to Belarus!”

The President added that Belarus was facing “external interference” and that both Russia and Belarus needed “protection”.

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Mr Lukashenko has suggested the unrest may cross over into Russia.

He said: “Defending Belarus today is no less than defending our entire space, the union state, those who roam the streets, most of them do not understand this.”

Surrounding countries such as Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have called on Belarus to conduct new, “free and fair” elections.

President Lukashenko has voiced a grim warning to Belarusians, telling citizens to stay at home to avoid becoming “cannon fodder”.

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