In Moscow, explained the presence of the detainees informed the Russians in the Belarusian health resorts. 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.
They had intended to fly from Minsk on 25 July and is not believed to be in the Republic how whatever for a long time, and much later planned to return to the Russian capital from another state by plane, bypassing the territory of Belarus, — quotes it to RIA Novosti.
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 countries.
The Ambassador added that the Russian side demanded to provide access of employees of the Consulate to the Russian citizens, the corresponding note has already been sent to the foreign Ministry of Belarus.
Expected from the competent authorities of the Republic of Belarus evidence confirming the validity of the carried out arrests of Russian citizens and of the charges against them on a number of articles of the Criminal code of Belarus— concluded the Ambassador.
He also noted that the strange behavior that, presumably, was the reason for the detention of the Russians, is not a valid reason for the actions of the security forces.
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. In the Republic they supposedly came to destabilize the situation during the presidential election, wrote NEWS.ru.