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Putin, Lukashenko discuss Belarusian detention of 33 Russians

MOSCOW, Aug. 7 : Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko discussed the recent detention of 33 Russian citizens in Belarus during a phone call Friday.
The presidents expressed confidence that the situation will be resolved “in the spirit of the amicable characteristic of cooperation between the two countries,” the Kremlin said in a press release.
Putin emphasized that Russia is interested in maintaining a stable political situation in Belarus and holding the Belarusian presidential elections in a calm atmosphere, the Kremlin said.
Putin and Lukashenko also discussed issues pertaining to the further development of “fraternal” Russian-Belarusian relations, it added.
Last week, 32 militants from the private Russian military contractor Wagner Group were detained near the Belarusian capital Minsk, with another detained in the south of the country, the Belarusian state news agency Belta reported.
Belarus accused the detainees, along with many others at large, of attempts to destabilize the situation ahead of the country’s presidential elections on Aug. 9, an accusation which Russia has denied. (Xinhua)

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