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Belarus "does not need" Russia air base – Lukashenko

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Belarus "does not need" Russia air base – Lukashenko

Belarus does not need a Russian air base, President Alexander Lukashenko has said, despite growing pressure from Moscow to establish such a facility.

He said the issue was never discussed with Russia, although last month President Vladimir Putin ordered his government to fine-tune a deal.

On Sunday, hundreds of Belarusian activists held a protest rally in the capital Minsk against the Russian plan.

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