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VLADIMIR PUTIN has been warned protests could erupt across Moscow if current demonstrations in neighbouring Belarus are allowed to continue.

PUBLISHED: 00:31, Thu, Sep 10, 2020 | UPDATED: 00:31, Thu, Sep 10, 2020

Belarus has been gripped by nationwide demonstrations since early August after long-time leader Alexander Lukashenko controversially won a national election. His victory is widely disputed, with protesters believing the election was rigged in his favour.

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Now, the Belarusian president, who has remained in power for 25 years, has insisted he will not give in to demands to step down.

He said in an interview with Russian media outlets on Tuesday: “All of this is very painful and even tragic for me, but it doesn’t mean that I’m giving up.”

He also had a stern warning for nearby Russia, adding: “If Belarus collapses today, Russia will come next.”

Mr Lukashenko has appealed for Russian assistance in the face of the nationwide protests before.

Vladimir PutinPutin has been warned riots could happen in Russia following ongoing ones in Belarus (Image: Ludovic Marin / AFP / Getty)

In August, he claimed the Russian military was prepared to lend assistance, though Moscow has denied this is the case.

On some occasions, as many as 200,000 protesters took to the streets to demand the leader’s resignation.

Belarus and Russia have historically been strong allies, although analysts say this relationship has worsened in recent years.

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Belarus protestPolice officers attacking a protester in an August 9 Belarus demonstration (Image: Sergei Gapon / AFP / Getty)

Over 30 Russian mercenaries were arrested in the Belarusian capital Minsk in July ahead of Lukashenko’s election.

The fighters were part of a private army

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