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Belarus protests continue as Alexander Lukashenko says Russia’s Vladimir Putin has agreed to help secure the country – ABC News

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko says Russia’s President Vladimir Putin pledges to provide comprehensive assistance if needed to ensure the security of his country.

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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said he secured a pledge in a phone call with President Vladimir Putin for Russia to provide comprehensive assistance if needed to ensure the security of his troubled country.
Key points:

  • Russia sees Belarus as a strategic buffer against NATO and the EU
  • Russia recently scaled back subsidies that propped up Mr Lukashenko’s government
  • The EU is planning to impose new sanctions on Belarus in response to protest crackdowns

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