Putin urges all sides to 'find way out' of Belarus crisis
"The parties to this process have enough common sense to find a way out without resorting to extremes," Putin said in an interview aired on state television.
Belarus has been hit by opposition protests since President Alexander Lukashenko claimed a sixth term in the August 9 vote that sparked unprecedented protests and was rejected by the European Union.
EU ambassadors in Minsk on Thursday condemned the prosecution of members of an opposition group calling for Lukashenko to resign and new elections.
The Russian leader conceded however that there were problems in the Belarus: "otherwise people wouldn't take to the streets".
Putin added that he hoped the problems would be resolved peacefully.
Lukashenko's notorious security services rounded up nearly 7,000 participants of peaceful rallies that erupted after he claimed some 80 percent of the vote, with hundreds of detainees claiming they were abused by police in custody.