The head of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the permanent members of Russian security Council discussed the baseless detention of citizens of the Russian Federation in Minsk (Belarus). Politicians have expressed hope for a speedy release of compatriots, said press Secretary of the head of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov. The event was held in online mode.
According to the representative of the Kremlin, held a "detailed discussion about the incident",
To participate in the meeting invited the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail mishustina, the speakers of both chambers of Parliament Valentina Matvienko and Vyacheslav Volodin, Deputy Chairman of the security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, head of the Kremlin administration Anton Vaino, security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Director of the Federal security service of Russia Alexander Bortnikov, head of the foreign intelligence Service of the Russian Federation Sergey Naryshkin, and also the special representative of the Russian leader in environmental activities, environment and transport, Sergei Ivanov.
The detained in Minsk Russians did not commit any illegal actions on the territory of Belarus. This was stated press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov, noting that they all had the required documents.
About the detention of 33 militants of foreign PMC some time ago wrote to the Belarusian media. Then came the information that they are in the night of July 25, 2020, settled in one of the hotels of Minsk, a few days later, moved to a sanatorium in Minsk district. They noted that these people have attracted the attention of strange behavior — they never drank alcohol and did not visit places of entertainment.
In law enforcement bodies of Belarus said that the detainees are citizens of the Russian Federation of PMCs Wagner. Concerning them criminal case under article about the preparation of terrorist acts. The defendants face up to 20 years in prison.
As stated by the Ambassador of Russia in Minsk Dmitry Mezentsev, the Russian citizens in Minsk called mercenaries PMC Wagner, could be the employees of PSE that the contract protects energy facilities abroad. The diplomat suggested that they were sent to a third country and, late for a flight from Minsk, I decided to stay at the sanatorium.
According to Mezentsev, each of the guests Russians had an employment contract with one of the commercial firms that registered in Belarus. He stressed that the interpretation of this incident as an attempt to interfere in presidential elections in Belarus helping "enemies of the Union state to sow discord in the brotherly relations" between the two countries, wrote NEWS.ru.