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MOSCOW, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed "the aggravated situation" in Belarus in a phone conversation Tuesday, the Kremlin has said.
"Putin emphasized the inadmissibility of meddling in the internal affairs of Belarus and putting pressure on its leadership," the Kremlin said in a news release.
Both Putin and Macron expressed interest in an early settlement of the problems in Belarus, it said.
In addition, the leaders continued a "thorough exchange of views" on the Libyan crisis, it added, without providing details.
Belarus is engulfed in mass protests after incumbent president Alexander Lukashenko won a sixth term in the Aug. 9 elections, with the opposition refusing to recognize the results.
On Monday, Lukashenko said at a rally in Minsk that there would be no re-election.