7 Aug 2020 14:34

Putin, Lukashenko express confidence situation of detained Russians to be resolved in spirit of mutual understanding - Kremlin

MOSCOW. Aug 7 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken on the phone with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko, the Kremlin press service said on Friday.

"Views were exchanged in connection with the recent detention of 33 Russian citizens on Belarusian territory. Confidence was expressed that the situation will be resolved in the spirit of mutual understanding characteristic of cooperation between the two countries," the Kremlin said in a statement obtained by Interfax.

"It was underlined that the Russian side is interested in the preservation of a stable domestic political situation in Belarus and in the upcoming presidential election being held in a calm atmosphere," the statement said.

According to the press service, the parties "discussed topical aspects of the further development of fraternal Russian-Belarusian relations."