Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya hopes that Emmanuel Macron will be a mediator of the Belarusian crisis and that he can "influence" Russia's Vladimir Putin to participate in mediation. Tikhanovskaya also calls on the French president to press for economic sanctions against Belarusian companies that support the regime of Alexander Lukashenko.
Wednesday, 1 July is the last day of voting in Russia on a sweeping constitutional reform that would allow Vladimir Putin to run for two more terms as president. That means he could rule until 2036. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a simplified voting procedure has been put in place with voting spread out over a week and some polling places setting up outdoors. The opposition says these procedures facilitate fraud. Polls suggest 44% of Russians support the constitutional reform.