Lukashenko meets Putin in Russia

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has asked his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for support amid growing international criticism over the recent forced landing of a plane carrying a dissident journalist.

Lukashenko met Putin in the Russian city of Sochi on Friday.

On Sunday, Belarusian authorities ordered a passenger plane carrying journalist Roman Protasevich to land in Minsk. Protasevich was then detained.

Lukashenko said he had brought documents to show Putin what really happened, and called for Russia's support over the incident.

Putin showed his understanding, and accused Western nations of forcing a Bolivian president's plane to land in the past.

He was apparently referring to a 2013 incident in which a plane carrying President Evo Morales was denied passage above the airspace of a number of countries in a US attempt to intercept whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Putin told Lukashenko that he also wanted to discuss economic cooperation.