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Russian defence minister arrives in Belarus for talks

FILE PHOTO: Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the International military-technical forum "Army-2020" at Patriot Congress and Exhibition Centre in Moscow Region, Russia August 23, 2020. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu arrived in Belarus on Wednesday for talks on military cooperation, the Belarusian Defence Ministry said.

The talks follow a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko in the Black Sea resort of Sochi earlier this week.

Lukashenko faces mass protests at home following a presidential election last month that demonstrators say was rigged.

Reporting by Anton Kolodyazhnyy; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Maria Kiselyova