White House calls on Russia to 'respect Belarus' sovereignty, democracy

By: AFP      Published: 10:48 PM, 31 Aug, 2020
White House calls on Russia to 'respect Belarus' sovereignty, democracy

The White House on Monday urged Russia to "respect" sovereignty and democracy in neighboring Belarus where strongman President Alexander Lukashenko faces mass demonstrations calling for new elections.

"Russia must also respect Belarus' sovereignty and the right of its own people to elect their own leaders freely and fairly," President Donald Trump's press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, told reporters.

Lukashenko has the backing of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has raised the possibility of sending military support if Belarus "starts to get out of control."