Belarus’ Lukashenko complains to Putin about pressure from the West

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Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko complained to Russian President Vladimir Putin about increasing pressure from the West and EU sanctions during talks held in Sochi on Friday. After a dissident’s commercial flight between two EU capitals – Athens and Vilnius – was forced to reroute and land in Minsk, Brussels imposed sanctions that penalized state-owned airline Belavia, although it had nothing to do with the incident, Lukashenko said. Regime critic Roman Protasevich was detained after landing in Minsk, sparking international condemnation. At the leaders’ meeting, Putin criticized an incid…

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