Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has arrived in the Russian resort town of Sochi to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the first face-to-face talks between the two leaders since a wave of demonstrations demanding Lukashenka’s resignation erupted following his disputed reelection last month.
The meeting follows the fifth consecutive weekend of large protests in Minsk and other cities in the former Soviet republic. Protests on September 13 drew tens of thousands of Belarusians into the streets, with chants of, “You’re a rat!” and, “Sasha, you’re fired!”.
At that time in east Russia, Khabarovsk there is 66th consecutive day of protests in support of former regional governor and against actions by the Kremlin. Russians are protesting under the slogans of, “Putin go away!”, “Russia will be free!”.