Belarus arrests “armed provocateurs,” Lukashenko points finger at Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland

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March 21, 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

RIA Novosti – translated by J. Arnoldski – 

Several dozen militants preparing an armed provocation have been arrested in Belarus, President Alexander Lukashenko announced.

“We’ve already arrested several dozen…who were trained in camps with weapons. In fact, one of the camps was in the Bobruisk and Ospivoichi areas. The rest of the camps are in Ukraine. In my opinion, also in Lithuania and Poland. I won’t claim anything, but somewhere there,” President Lukashenko is quoted as saying by Sputnik Belarus.

The president noted that more detailed information will be presented later. He also told of how the militants’ plans were discovered:

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“Thank you that there are true Belorussian men and women who, living abroad – in the EU – warned us. A woman came to an embassy and warned, officially wrote a letter about a provocation being prepared. And we started looking into it. And, indeed, we discovered some interesting things,” Lukashenko said.

According to the president, now the issue is understanding in detail where the money came from, who engaged in preparations, and from what countries those arrested came.

In addition, Lukashenko stated that repeated attempts to import weapons for provocations into Belarus have been recorded. He stressed that there’s been a demand for provocateurs abroad.

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On Monday, Belorussian border guards stopped an attempt to break through the border by a car coming from Ukraine in which a pistol and TNT-resembling device and detonator were found. Two men were arrested and another is wanted. A criminal case has been opened over the border incident. 

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