A reserve of law enforcement officers has been formed in Russia, which, if necessary, will provide assistance to Belarus.
This was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin, TASS reports.
According to the head of state, a reserve from among the Russian security officials was created at the request of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.
“But we also agreed that it will not be used until the situation gets out of control … Until the extremist elements, hiding behind political slogans, cross certain borders and simply start robbery,” – Putin stressed.
On August 16, Lukashenko said that Putin expressed Moscow’s readiness “at the first request” to provide Minsk with support to resolve the problems that arose in the republic after the presidential elections. In particular, they talked about assistance on the basis of the Treaty on the Union State, as well as through the CSTO. Later, Lukashenka said that he had full understanding with his Russian counterpart regarding the situation in the republic.
Mass protests have been taking place in Belarus for the third week. They began after the announcement of the official election results, according to which the incumbent president won more than 80 percent of the vote. Lukashenko believes that elements of external interference are visible in the situation. According to him, the coordinators are trying to act in the country according to “color revolution manuals”, and the protesters are controlled from Poland, Great Britain and the Czech Republic.