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Russia's Lavrov says Belarusian opposition members who left for West seek 'bloodshed' - RIA

FILE PHOTO: Belarusian opposition politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya speaks in a video message in an unknown location in Lithuania, in this still image taken from handout video released August 19, 2020. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya Headquarters/Handout via REUTER

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Belarusian opposition members who left Belarus during recent protests of seeking “bloodshed”, according to the RIA newsagency on Sunday.

He added that Belarusian opposition leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who left for Lithuania amid protests following a disputed election two weeks ago, had been “pressured” as she started to make more statements in English recently.

Reporting by Polina Ivanova and Tom Balmforth; Writing by Katya Golubkova; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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