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As Belarus protests ramp up, Putin offers security help to authoritarian president-media-15

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko speaks during a meeting with officials in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. Russian President Vladimir Putin says that his Belarusian counterpart has asked him to provide security assistance to help stabilize the situation in the country if needed, adding that there is no such need yet. Belarus’ authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko, is facing weeks of protests against his reelection in the Aug. 9 vote, which the opposition say was rigged. (Sergei Sheleg, BelTA Pool via AP)

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