The Russian Federation insists on early release of prisoners in Belarus mercenaries private military company “Wagner”. It follows from the press service of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia on the meeting of Deputy Minister Andrey Rudenko with the Belarusian Ambassador to Moscow Vladimir Semashko.
On August 3, the Belarusian diplomat invited to the foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation “for a detailed discussion on the state and prospects of bilateral Russian-Belarusian relations”.
“Special attention was paid to the situation with the recent arrest in Belarus of 33 Russian citizens. The Russian side stated that the arrest of Russian citizens, the perfect baseless and false pretext, does not correspond to the spirit of brotherly Alliance between the two countries and peoples,” – said in a press release.
All the circumstances of the incident , the Belarusian law enforcement authorities should investigate “in close cooperation with Russian colleagues”, according to the Russian foreign Ministry.
About the detention of 33 Russians who are in the PMCs “Wagner”, the Belarusian authorities announced on July 29. More than 10 of them are included in the list of the Ukrainian site “Peacemaker” as participants in the armed conflict in the Donbass on the side of Pro-Russian militants. Concerning detainees opened criminal case under the article about the preparation of terrorist acts, and later it was reported that they are suspected of preparing mass riots.
Russian Ambassador in Belarus Dmitry Mezentsev said that 33 detainees are employees of a private security company, was going to transit in Istanbul, but missed the flight.
The security Council of Belarus said that the Russian Federation was not notified of the transfer of power PMC via Belarus.