Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to several European leaders on Tuesday to discuss the tense situation in Belarus.
A day before an EU summit on the matter, Putin made it clear that interference in internal Belarusian affairs or pressure on the leadership in Minsk is unacceptable.
Both German Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron received that message from Moscow.
Charles Michel, President of the European Council, also spoke with Putin.
“Only peaceful and a truly inclusive dialogue can solve the crisis in Belarus,” tweeted Michel. In his letter of invitation to EU government leaders, he wrote that the Belarusian people have the right to determine their own future and that the country’s leadership should reflect the will of the people.
He also spoke out against outside interference. The reason for this is that Moscow has responded positively to a request for support from Belarusian President Lukashenko.