Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that attempts to interfere in the affairs of a sovereign country are “unacceptable” in the context of discussions on Belarus, the Kremlin said.
Russia’s “principled position” is that “all attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of a sovereign state and external pressures on legitimate authorities are unacceptable,” said the Russian presidency, quoted by AFP.
The telephone conversation between Putin and Macron came after a meeting in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, between the French President and the leader of the Belarusian opposition, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.
On a visit to Lithuania, the French head of state on Tuesday asked for international mediation to organize new presidentials in Belarus, controlled by the international community, given that those in August are considered fraudulent by the opposition and Western countries.
Hundreds of thousands of Belarusians have protested in the streets, in demonstrations repressed by the authorities, since the presidential ones that extended the term of 26 years of Alexander Lukashenko, attributing 80% of the votes to him. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, its main rival, obtained 10%.
Already on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, a separatist Azeri region where deadly fighting has been taking place since Sunday, Putin and Macron called for an “end” to the fighting and said they were ready to step up diplomatic efforts to help resolve the conflict, he said. the Kremlin.
“Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Mácron called on the parties to the conflict to cease fire and, as soon as possible, to reduce tensions and show maximum restraint,” said the Russian presidency.
The two presidents said they were “prepared” for the adoption of a statement issued on behalf of the co-chairs of the Minsk Group – Russia, France and the United States – calling for an immediate end to hostilities, the Kremlin added.
Since Sunday, the forces of the separatist enclave supported by Armenia, a country with an Orthodox Christian religion, and those in Azerbaijan have clashed in the bloodiest fighting since 2016. More than 80 dead have been confirmed in the resurgence of the conflict.