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Moscow denounces foreign interference in the Belarus crisis and rejects any responsibility

August 13, 2020

The Russian government has assured that there are “clear attempts at outside interference” in the wave of protests in neighboring Belarus against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko, despite denying that Moscow might have anything to do with this socio-political crisis.

The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zajarova, has assured that her government is “closely” following what happened after the elections on Sunday in Belarus, in which Lukashenko won by more than 80 percent, according to the election commission. Hundreds of votes.

“We are concerned about the information that appears about episodes of law violations in the streets of several cities,” said Zajarova, referring to protests that have already resulted in thousands of detainees and at least one death. According to the spokeswoman, everything is due to “unprecedented pressure”.

Moscow denounces foreign interference in the Belarus crisis and rejects any responsibilityMoscow denounces foreign interference in the Belarus crisis and rejects any responsibility

With this in mind, he warned that “there are clear attempts to intervene in the affairs of a sovereign state from outside that are trying to divide society and destabilize the situation,” according to the Sputnik agency. Zajarova did not point out any country, but made it clear that “there is no basis” for seeing a “Russian footprint” behind the protests.

The ministerial spokeswoman hopes that the situation in Belarus will “normalize” “soon” and that “there will be calm”, for which she has asked all parties “to be moderate and careful”. Russia will continue to be a “loyal friend” of the “brotherly Belarusian people”, he added.

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