Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko held a telephone conversation two days before the presidential elections in Belarus scheduled for August 9.
The Kremlin’s message says that Putin and Lukashenko “held an exchange of views” on the detention of 33 Russian citizens in Belarus, who are accused of preparing riots in Minsk, writes Jellyfish.
The press service of the President of Belarus reported that “the presidents agreed to thoroughly and thoroughly study every available fact in order to establish the true reasons for the current situation, find the perpetrators and bring them to justice”.
On July 29, more than 30 Russians were detained near Minsk. According to the Belarusian side, these are fighters of the foreign private military company “Wagner”, who allegedly planned to destabilize the situation in the country during the election campaign.
In turn, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Minsk’s interpretation of the detention of Russian citizens is perplexing. The department explained that a group of Russians followed in transit through Belarus to Turkey. The citizens had all the necessary documents, including air tickets.
Recall Russia will not send observers for the elections to Belarus. The Central Election Commission of Russia did not receive an official invitation from Belarus to participate in observing the presidential elections in the republic and decided not to send observers there.
On August 4, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko delivered his annual message to the people and parliament. The President’s speech lasted for about an hour and a half.
About the detained Russians, he said: “These people testified that they were sent specifically to Belarus, and they had a command to wait. Tickets to Istanbul are a legend. I may be a bad geographer, but I don’t understand why fly to Africa via The North Pole? Stop lying, you have already disgraced. First Istanbul. Then – no, not Istanbul. Venezuela. Then they called yesterday: no, not Venezuela, we ourselves do not know where. We are harvesting, but we have to run to catch them in the forests. Do not blow up the situation, because it will blaze so that it will be difficult to reach Vladivostok. ”