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SCW NEWSWATCH: "Putin bestows $1.5 billion loan in gesture of support for Belarus leader" - Reuters 9.14.20

"... Putin bestowed a $1.5 billion loan on Belarus[,] ... a gesture of support for ... Lukashenko .... [a] day after more than 100,000 protesters demonstrated in Minsk for the fifth straight weekend to demand his resignation following an election they say was rigged, Lukashenko, ... Russia’s closest ally for 26 years, met Putin in ... Sochi. Putin gave few details .... The Russian leader also signalled support for Lukashenko in other ways and said defence cooperation would continue. Belarus Maps... Putin also backed [Lukashenko] plans ... for constitutional reform, which the opposition has dismissed as a stunt .... Despite aggressive action from his security forces, Lukashenko has failed to reclaim the streets ... call[ing] the demonstrations a Western plot ...."

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Key Words: Belarus, Russia, Lukashenka, Lukashenko, Putin, Belarus Protests

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