France's Macron calls on Russia to favour dialogue in Belarus : Elysee

Reuters , Tuesday 18 Aug 2020

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a ceremony marking the 76th anniversary of the Allied landings in the Provence region during World War II and which helped liberate southern France, in Bormes-les-Mimosas, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (Photo: AP)

French President Emmanuel Macron called on Russia to favour dialogue in Belarus after a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Macron's office said on Tuesday.

Belarus has been convulsed by protest and seen a violent crackdowns since an Aug. 9 presidential election in which incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko claimed victory that the country's opposition labelled a fraud.

European Union leaders are due to meet on Wednesday to discuss possible sanctions against Belarus.

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