Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the government to help Belarus fight the consequences of Western sanctions. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko arrived in Russia on Tuesday to hold talks with his closest ally.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said instructions had already been issued and work had begun “to support Belarus against the consequences of such stifling sanctions”.
The United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Minsk over the past few months over mass persecution and harassment of political opponents since last year’s presidential election. At the end of June, other non-EU countries joined the latest round of sanctions imposed by Washington and Brussels.
The sanctions targeted Belarusian companies and citizens, including government officials, lawmakers, Lukashenko’s cabinet ministers and family members. In addition, Western sanctions have also severely damaged the Belarusian ruble, leading to its record devaluation against the euro in late June.