Putin Vows Support for Belarus Leader Alexander Lukashenko

MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged money and armed service assist for Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko,…

MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged money and armed service assist for Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, signaling Moscow’s intention to bolster its embattled junior partner—support that could ultimately bind Minsk extra tightly to Russia.

Mr. Lukashenko satisfied with Mr. Putin on Monday for the very first time since the Aug. 9 Belarus presidential election, in Russia’s Black Sea vacation resort city of Sochi. Mr. Lukashenko claimed victory in that ballot, but the opposition states it was neither totally free nor truthful, sparking mass demonstrations…