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Belarus Leader Seeks Russian Warplanes in Move to Bolster Power

  • Alexander Lukashenko wants Russia to provide fighter jets
  • Lukashenko, Putin met in Russia last week to discuss ties

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is seeking increased military support from Russia, in the wake of popular protests which rattled his longtime rule last year.

With Belarus threatened with both stagnating growth and accelerating inflation, Lukashenko met Russia’s Vladimir Putin last week to discuss economic and military ties.