Lukashenko, Putin agree to find those responsible for detention of Russians - UPDATED

Lukashenko, Putin agree to find those responsible for detention of Russians - UPDATED
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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed to tackle the issue of 33 Russian citizens detained in Belarus, the BelTA news agency reported on Friday citing the press service of the Belarusian president after the two leaders’ telephone conversation, APA reports citing TASS.

"One of the main topics of the conversation was the detention of 33 Russian citizens in Belarus," the report said. "In this regard, the desire to work together to sort out the matter was emphasized. The presidents agreed to thoroughly study every available fact in order to establish the true causes of the current situation, find those responsible and hold them accountable."

The two leaders also discussed in detail the election campaign in Belarus, the report said. "Vladimir Putin, in particular, highlighted the importance of developing fraternal Belarusian-Russian relations and the need to counter negative trends and actions by third forces that could result in their deterioration," the press service noted.

The conversation was initiated by the Russian leader, the report said.

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Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus held a telephone conversation, discussing the detention of Russian nationals in Belarus, the Kremlin press service said in a statement on Friday, APA reports citing TASS.

"There was an exchange on the recent detention of 33 Russian nationals in Belarus. There was confidence that the situation will be resolved in the spirit of mutual understanding that cooperation between the two countries is based on," the statement reads. 

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