Kremlin called Lukashenko legitimate president of Belarus

Belarusians are a brotherly people for Russians, and the Kremlin would like to see internal contradictions in Belarus resolved in a legal way. This was announced on Monday, September 14, by Russian President’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the results of the meeting of Russian leader Vladimir Putin with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi.

“They are all citizens of brotherly Belarus for us, and we all appreciate and love them. But as Putin said, we want everything that happens in Belarus to happen in a legal way,” said the Kremlin representative.

He reminded that Lukashenko is a legitimate president of Belarus, as well as Putin’s visa in international relations.

Peskov stressed that the situation with the rallies in the republic does not concern bilateral Russian-Belarusian relations.

Lukashenko arrived in Sochi on Monday morning. On the same day, former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya recorded a video message to Putin in which she said that all possible agreements reached during the meeting of the leaders in Sochi would be null and void, since Lukashenko is an illegitimate president.

The visit takes place against the background of mass protests that have been ongoing in Belarus since August 9 after the presidential election. People who disagree with the voting results took to the streets, and Tikhanovskaya initiated the creation of a coordinating council for the transfer of power, but left for Lithuania and then moved to Poland.