President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko called an emergency meeting with members of the security Council after the arrest of militants PMC “Wagner” in Belarus. This July 29, reported the press service of the head of state.
Lukashenko called the incident “an accident”.
“They are apologizing, they say that almost we have brought here. Clearly, it is necessary to justify their dirty intentions. So I would ask that in this situation, and this fact was all very frankly and honestly. If Russian citizens (and I understand they questioned), then it is necessary to address immediately to the relevant authorities of the Russian Federation, they explained what was happening,” – said Lukashenko.
The President instructed his press Secretary Natalia eysmont to turn to Russian media.
“We need to turn to Russian media, including Telegram-channels to them, as [Russian President Vladimir] Putin said, Blizzard did not drive. If guilty, you have to this situation is to go with dignity. Not to blame – well, we have no purpose to discredit close to us country.”
Employees of group “A” of the KGB of Belarus and the riot police of the interior Ministry in Minsk district on the night of July 29, detained 32 Russians. Another member of the group were arrested in the South of Belarus. According to Belarusian state news Agency BelTA, all foreigners are members of the PMC “Wagner”. More than 10 of them are included in the list of the Ukrainian site “Peacemaker” as participants of military operations on Donbass on the side of the separatists.
The Russian Embassy in Belarus refused to officially comment on the situation with the detention of fighters of the private military company. Diplomats said it had not received official notification of the detention of Russian citizens on the territory of Belarus, therefore, requested information from the competent authorities of Belarus.
Russian writer and Thriller Zakhar Prilepin said that among the detained mercenaries were a few people from his “battalion”. According to him, the militants did not intend to destabilize the situation in Belarus. “The usual story: well-trained people are moving in certain directions on their routes, they have their own business and no they do not need Belarus,” said Park.