Medvedev congratulates Belarusian president on re-election

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has congratulated his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko on his re-election, the Kremlin press officer said Saturday.

Natalia Timakova, press secretary of the Russian president, confirmed the previous reports that Medvedev had sent a congratulatory letter to Lukashenko.

"Considering the official figures published by the Belarusian Central Election Commission (CEC) and a report by Chairman of the Russian Central Election Commission Vladimir Churov on the conclusions by observers, this (congratulatory) letter was sent," she said.

According to media reports, Medvedev in his letter congratulated Lukashenko and wished the Belarusian people peace and prosperity.

The Interfax news agency said Lukashenko had received the congratulatory message from Medvedev.

On Monday, Belarus' CEC announced incumbent president Lukashenko was re-elected for a fourth term. However, his victory was somewhat marred by opposition rallies held Sunday evening in downtown Minsk.


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