Belarus and Russia 'ready to respond to threats'

Oct 25, 2020

Belarus and Russia 'ready to respond to threats'

Tokyo (Japan), Oct 25: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has reportedly told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Russia and Belarus are ready to jointly respond to external threats.
Belarusian state media reported that Pompeo called Lukashenko on Saturday. Lukashenko is also said to have told Pompeo that a national dialogue is taking place.
Protesters in Belarus have been demanding Lukashenko's resignation by the end of Sunday. They say a national strike will begin on Monday if he does not step down .
Demonstrations have continued since Lukashenko claimed victory in the August 9 presidential election. But opposition groups say the vote was rigged.
The head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergei Naryshkin, visited Belarus on Thursday and reaffirmed the strong ties between the two countries. Naryshkin is a close aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Source: NHK World