Putin: Exerting pressure on Belarusian leadership would be 'unacceptable'
Russian President Vladimir Putin told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that interference in the internal affairs of Belarus or exerting pressure on the country's leadership would be unacceptable, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.
Putin made similar remarks when he discussed the ongoing protests in Belarus with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a phone conversation earlier Tuesday.
According to a press release issued by the Kremlin, Putin warned that attempts to interfere may lead to a further escalation of the crisis.
President of the EU Council Charles Michel also talked about the crisis in Belarus with Putin as he tweeted: "I just discussed the situation in #Belarus with President Putin of Russia @KremlinRussia_E. Only peaceful and truly inclusive dialogue can resolve the crisis in Belarus."