: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Belarusian opposition condemns Russia for backing Lukashenko

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin said Tuesday that a $1.5 billion loan it offered to Belarus carried no political conditions, despite claims by the Belarusian opposition that Russia is trying to shore up the nation’s authoritarian ruler amid post-election protests.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the loan when he hosted his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko for more than four hours of talks Monday in Sochi on Russia’s Black Sea coast.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the loan wasn’t contingent on any political moves. “Like any loan, it has commercial conditions but there was no talk about any other conditions,” he told reporters …read more

Source:: KXAN



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