Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko accused the Russian authorities of lying about the arrest of about 30 Wagner group mercenaries in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, and warned that a second group had infiltrated the country. .
“We know of a second unit sent to the south of the country,” said Lukashenko, who had previously said that the arrests took place last week as part of an alleged conspiracy before the August 9 presidential election. “We’ll take them all,” he added.
For its part, Moscow has refused to allow the 33 Russian citizens to plan attacks and have had any connection with activists and critics of the Belarusian president when he defended.
According to the Russian government, the mercenaries are said to have arrived in Belarus as part of a stopover towards Istanbul in Turkey on the way to Latin America. So he insisted that they had no intention of interfering in the presidential election.