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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Minsk Police Action Draws U.S. Anger




MINSK, Belarus -- The United States has condemned the use of force by Belarussian police suppressing a protest Sunday against President Alexander Lukashenko, the U.S. Embassy in Minsk said Tuesday.


It represents another Belarussian violation of commitments to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the embassy quoted the U.S. State Department as saying.


"The United States' government calls on Belarus to respect its international obligations and to investigate the behavior of its security forces," it said.


But Russia said the protest crackdown was Belarus' own affair.


"The incident in Belarus is naturally a matter for concern," Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov told reporters in Moscow, adding, "This is Belarus' internal affair."


"We hope very much that this will not have a negative impact on the dialogue between the leadership of Belarus and the opposition and also on the process now under way on a treaty between our two countries," Ivanov said.