: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Russia’s Putin doubles down on Belarus ally, wary of protest contagion


Russian President Vladimir Putin is tightening his embrace of beleaguered ally Alexander Lukashenko as the Belarusian ruler intensifies a crackdown on month-long protests.Putin, who hosts Lukashenko for talks in Sochi on Monday, is determined opposition demonstrators won’t topple the Belarusian president, said five people close to the Kremlin, who asked not to be identified discussing internal policy.:Watch: Putin drives car in annexed Crimea during rare trip outside MoscowGermany, UK, US slam Russia and Putin over Alexei Navalny poisoningAttempts to blame Russia for Navalny poisoning ‘absurd’: Kremlin …read more

Source:: Al Arabiya

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