Putin Vows Support for Belarus Leader Alexander Lukashenko

MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged financial and military support for Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, signaling Moscow’s intention to bolster its embattled junior partner—support that could ultimately bind Minsk more tightly to Russia.

Mr. Lukashenko met with Mr. Putin on Monday for the first time since the Aug. 9 Belarus presidential election, in Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi. Mr. Lukashenko claimed victory in that ballot, but the opposition says it was neither free nor fair, sparking mass demonstrations…

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