Belarus protesters keep pressure on Lukashenko with new march

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The political crisis in Belarus erupted after a presidential election on August 9 which protesters say he massively rigged to ensure a phoney landslide win.

She accused Mr Lukashenko of stealing the election and asked the United Nations to condemn the crackdown on protesters, send a monitoring mission to Belarus and call a special session of its Human Rights Council to discuss the situation in the country.

Tikhanovskaya said Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko's regime was "morally bankrupt" and the worldwide community should help put an end to "cynical disregard for human dignity in the middle of Europe".

Belarus opposition supporters attend a rally to protest against the disputed August 9 presidential election results in Minsk on September 6, 2020.

Makei said he thought the situation was stabilizing.

European Union foreign ministers reached a political agreement in Berlin on Friday (28 August) on punitive measures against high-ranking supporters of Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko to pressure him into holding new elections.

"But it's not the economic side of the situation that is the most important". President Vladimir Putin has said the Kremlin had set up a reserve police force at Lukashenko's request but it would be deployed only if necessary.

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She called on all parties to exercise restraint, saying "the only possible way out of this unprecedented crisis is dialogue, which must be open, honest, and include civil society in particular".

The delegation of the Russian government included the Minister of Finance, Anton Siluanov, who discussed with his Belarusian counterpart the country's debt to Moscow, which amounts to $1 billion (€845 million). Masked police then drove her to the border, she said.

Earlier in the day, the ministry announced boosting security in the capital in light of unauthorized protests against President Alexander Lukashenko.

On Saturday, the council reported one of its prominent members, Olga Kovalkova, had left the country for Poland after being released from jail where she was serving a sentence for organising protests.

"While we are in hospitable Minsk, we would like to stress that Russian Federation fully supports Belarus' sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity", Mishustin said on Thursday, Xinhua news agency reported. It is not the first time the U.S. sent a battalion of troops to Lithuania.

Facing Western criticism, the Belarusian leader has sought to secure support from Russian Federation, which has a union agreement with Belarus envisaging close political, economic and military ties.

Protesters later converged on a Catholic church in Independence Square, with hundreds crammed inside for a service, in solidarity with Minsk's archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz who was barred from re-entering Belarus on Monday.

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