The head of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, spoke about his “tough conversation” with Russian President Vladimir Putin after the detention of 33 Russians suspected of organizing mass riots in the republic in 2020.
“When we detained these guys, the FSB materials were handed over in full, I talked with Putin, it was such a tough conversation,” Lukashenka said in an interview with Vladimir Solovyov for the Solovyov Live YouTube channel.
According to him, he spoke with Putin on this topic three times. The President offered assistance in investigating cases of detention of Russian citizens.
“He says: ‘Wait, now we are investigating, let’s join you, and we will see where the legs grow from,'” Putin’s Belarusian counterpart quoted Putin as saying.
A few days later, as he noted, everything was decided.
The detention of 33 Russian citizens in Belarus became known on July 29, 2020. As it was established , the Russians, not realizing that they had come into contact with the Ukrainian special services, and believing that they would go to Latin America, entered the territory of Belarus, where they were detained. In the Russian Federation, they noted that the detention of citizens was a provocation, and insisted on the return of compatriots to their homeland.