Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on his victory in the next presidential election.

The report says that Putin expressed hope that Lukashenko’s activities “will contribute to the further development of mutually beneficial Russian-Belarusian relations in all areas, deepening cooperation within the Union State, building up integration processes through the Eurasian Economic Union and the CIS, as well as military-political ties in the Collective Security Treaty Organization”.

Earlier it became known that the headquarters of the main opposition candidate, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, did not recognize the results of the vote count announced by the Central Election Commission of Belarus. “We have the information that came yesterday from those precinct commissions, where the votes were really counted, nothing was falsified. Svetlana won: from 70%, and on some of them she scored up to 90%. How do you think, having this information, can we normally perceive what the CEC is saying today? Of course not,” Olga Kovalkova, a confidant of Tikhanovskaya, explained to The Eastern Herald.

At the same time, she noted that Lukashenka’s opponents have no doubts about large-scale falsifications during the vote count. “There can be no support for Svetlana in one area 90%, and in the second 3, or 6, or 8%,” Kovalkova is sure.

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