Large demonstrations rocked the former Soviet state after the election results won by Lukashenko were not recognized by the opposition.
Speaking with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu during talks in Minsk, Lukashenko said; “I also asked the Russian president for some new types of weapons.” (Read: Demonstrated by the people, Lukashenko gets off the helicopter against AK assault rifles)
He did not specify what weapons he requested from Putin. “We can control the situation not only in Belarus, but also along our borders,” Lukashenko said, as quoted by the local state news agency; Belta, Thursday (17/9/2020).
Russia and Belarus are currently holding joint military exercises which run until the end of September. Lukashenko said the two countries should plan more such exercises.
Lukashenko also said that new presidential elections will be held after Belarus adopts a new constitution. (Also read: Dozens of Anti-Lukashenko Demonstrators Missing, including the Belarusian Opposition Candidates)
His comments came two days after Putin hosted Lukashenko for talks at the Black Sea resort of Sochi where the Russian leader made a $ 1.5 billion loan for Belarus.