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Putin, Lukashenko to discuss energy, regional conflicts at talks in Russia, Kremlin says

FILE PHOTO: 2019 European Games - Closing Ceremony - Dinamo Stadium, Minsk, Belarus - June 30, 2019. President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko speak in the stands during the closing ceremony REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko//File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko will discuss energy cooperation between their two countries and regional conflicts in Europe, among many other topics during talks in Russia, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

Lukashenko is due to visit Russia on Sept. 14, according to the RIA news agency, while protests in Belarus continue after a contested presidential election last month and as a crackdown against opposition politicians heats up.

Reporting by Alexander Marrow, Maria Kiselyova and Anastasia Teterevleva; Editing by Alex Richardson