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Lithuania is concerned at the possibility of Russia using the crisis in Belarus to intervene with military forces, its foreign minister has told Sky News.

Linas Linkevicius said Russia would sacrifice a lot if it chose to intervene.

It came as embattled President Alexander Lukashenko was booed by factory workers after he promised a referendum on a new constitution.

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