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Belarusian acting foreign minister speaks with Finnish, Swedish counterparts

MINSK (Reuters) - Belarusian acting foreign minister Vladimir Makei spoke by phone with his Finnish and Swedish counterparts on Tuesday, the Belarusian foreign ministry said, in the wake of a contested election that has triggered protests and strikes.

Makei and Finland’s Pekka Haavisto expressed a mutual interest in preserving communication channels and maintaining dialogue, the ministry said.

Makei discussed the prospect of Belarus’ cooperation with the European Union during a call with Sweden’s Ann Linde, it said.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Alexander Marrow

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