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Russia warns U.S., EU against Belarus sanctions, interference

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday it had warned the United States and European Union against imposing sanctions on its ally Belarus and interfering in its internal affairs.

The comments were made in a statement released after talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun in Moscow.

“During discussions over the current situation in Belarus, the Russian side there should not be any attempt to pressure Minsk, either through sanctions or politically,” the statement said.

Belarus has endured more than two weeks of mass strikes and protests over a disputed Aug. 9 presidential election.

Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Sujata Rao