With Belarus in Turmoil, Russia Sees Chance to Expand Its Influence

MOSCOW—As protests grew in Belarus more than the dealing with of the weekend’s presidential election,

MOSCOW—As protests grew in Belarus more than the dealing with of the weekend’s presidential election, Russia moved swiftly to congratulate President Alexander Lukashenko for his electoral get and press for stronger ties with its neighbor ahead of what is predicted to be a second evening of protests.

Russia and Belarus are closely linked by language and society. Belarus as soon as was a Soviet point out and is strategically positioned in the middle of Eastern Europe, on Russia’s western flank. In latest a long time, Mr. Lukashenko has sought a nearer partnership…