The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the West took part in the preparation of a coup d’etat in Belarus.
Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova noted that the special services of Russia and Belarus had received information that revealed a “terrible and ugly picture” of the West’s involvement in the operation of the constitutional coup in the republic and the overthrow of President Alexander Lukashenko.
According to the diplomat, the FSB and the KGB have become aware of facts that will not allow Europe and the United States to keep their participation in secret. Zakharova said that two detainees in Moscow – political scientist Alexander Feduta and lawyer Yuri Zenkovich – were negotiating with representatives of the West.
She added that the scandal with the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Prague is an attempt to cover up the history of the coup. The Czech authorities have recently declared 18 embassy employees persona non grata. Russian diplomats were named as members of the GRU and SVR special services.
Earlier, the Kremlin commented on the information about the seizure of power in Belarus. Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov confirmed that the conspirators have drawn up a “concrete and destructive plan.” According to him, Lukashenka was in great danger.
The day before, the FSB disclosed the details of the detention of Feduta and Zenkovich. According to the intelligence service, the Belarusians planned to physically eliminate Lukashenka and seize the radio and television centers in Minsk to address the people. The coup was planned to be staged on the day of the Victory Day parade on May 9.