Belarusian President Lukashenko meets Russia's defense minister - report

 Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Monday met Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu for an unannounced meeting in the Belarusian capital Minsk, Belarusian state-owned news agency BelTA reported.

It cited a Telegram channel linked to Lukashenko's office.

 Lukashenko said that Belarus needs guarantees that Russia will defend Belarus "like its own territory" in the event of an external attack.

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