Russia Will Lend $1.5bn to Belarus

President Vladimir Putin said at talks on Monday with embattled Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko that Russia had agreed to a $1.5 billion loan with Minsk but the Belarusian people should resolve the crisis without foreign interference, Reuters reported.

Putin, in comments broadcast on television from the talks in Russia’s Sochi, said he thought a proposal by Lukashenko to carry out constitutional reform was logical and timely.

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