Russia sees Belarus' election internal affair

Belarus's Sunday presidential election is an internal affair of the country, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Monday, stressing that Belarus is one of the closest partners to Russia.

"The election in Belarus is an internal affair for Belarus. What is happening there ultimately is an internal affair of an independent nation," he said after meetings with his visiting Latvian counterpart Valdis Zatlers.

The president also said Moscow expects Belarus to continue its democratic development after the presidential election.

"Hopefully, after the election, Belarus will continue to develop as a modern state based on democracy," he said.

Russia and Belarus "are linked with history, culture, language and thousands of economic and humanitarian ties. That is why, the development of the Belorussian state and democracy is so important to us," Medvedev said.

"No matter who the leader is, Belarus will always be one of the states closest to us," he added.

Belarus' Sunday presidential election was the fourth one since the country claimed independence in 1991.

Earlier on Monday, the Central Election Commission (CEC) announced incumbent Belorussian President Alexander Lukashenko has been elected for a fourth term.


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