Russian President Vladimir Putin used a birthday phone call on Sunday (August 30) to invite Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko to visit Moscow, as protests continue to rage in Minsk.
President Lukashenko, who is celebrating his 66th birthday, denies electoral fraud and has said the protests are backed from abroad.
In a statement, the Kremlin said: "It was agreed to hold a meeting in Moscow in the coming weeks."
On Sunday, thousands of protesters marched towards Minsk's Independence Square, which was cordoned off by police in anticipation of the protest.
This protester says she came to express her solidarity with detainees and political prisoners, and says she stands for peace, for Belarus but not for Lukashenko.
An eyewitness told Reuters that police detained at least a dozen people and other protesters were seen resisting arrest by what appeared to be plain-clothed officers.