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Russia urges dialogue between Belarusian authorities and citizens to resolve crisis: TASS

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with members of the Security Council via a video link at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia August 21, 2020. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Security Council agreed at a meeting on Friday that the Belarusian authorities and its people should enter into dialogue to resolve the political crisis there, TASS news agency cited the Kremlin as saying.

Russia is a close ally of neighbouring Belarus where nationwide anti-government protests erupted earlier this month over election rigging allegations at a disputed vote.

Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Jon Boyle