Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said he wanted to speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin, warning street protests were not a threat only to Belarus, writes Reuters.
"There is a need to contact Putin so that I can talk to him now because it is not a threat only to Belarus anymore… today defending Belarus means the defending of the all Commonwealth countries," – said Lukashenko.
The presidential elections in Belarus officially resulted in an 80.1% victory by the acting president Alexander Lukashenko. His primary opponent, Svetlana Tsikhanovskaya, has gained 10.12% of votes.
On 9 August, presidential election results were publicized in the country, with this followed by mass protest actions. The opposition does not recognize the 80% votes victory of Lukashenko. People took to the streets and protested against Lukashenko's government. Following the crackdown on demonstrators, more than 6,000 were detained, including journalists. Two protesters reportedly died.
On the background of the developments, the world leaders and international organizations expressed concern over the situation in Belarus while the United States and European Union plan new sanctions against the country.