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Putin and Lukashenko speak for second time this weekend, Kremlin confirms readiness to provide security aid to Belarus

Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko spoke over the telephone for the second time in 24 hours on Sunday, August 16. Moscow now confirms what the Belarusian president stated on Saturday: Russia has agreed to provide “all necessary assistance” to resolve the security problems in Belarus, following last week’s contested presidential election and “external pressure” on the Belarusian state.

According to a Kremlin readout published online, Russia will act in accordance with the principles of the Union State Treaty and the Collective Security Treaty Organization.