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Lukashenko disputes Putin’s claim and states terrorists are seeking refuge in Belarus


Mar 26, 2024

The head of the FSB, Alexander Bortnikov, accused Ukrainian and Western secret services of facilitating the attack in Moscow last Friday, which resulted in 139 deaths and was claimed by the Islamic State. Ukraine denied any involvement and dismissed Russia’s accusations as lies. Unexpectedly, the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, challenged Russia’s narrative by stating that the attackers initially tried to flee to Belarus, not Ukraine.

Although the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government continue to insist that Ukraine and the West are behind it. Putin claims that Ukraine provided a “window” for the attackers to cross the border, which is a risky move considering the heavily guarded border next to a war zone.

Lukashenko revealed that Belarus and Russia coordinated actions to intercept the suspects’ car fleeing towards the border with Ukraine and Belarus. Belarus quickly established border checkpoints, preventing the suspects from entering the country. Moscow continues to push the theory of an international conspiracy against Russia, with Bortnikov stating that Western and Ukrainian special services were involved in facilitating the attack.

The FSB head also mentioned that the suspects had planned to travel to Ukraine and be received as heroes, but did not provide specific evidence for these claims. The comments from Russian officials suggest an escalation of tension and potential military action in Ukraine, as Moscow seeks to impose its narrative and control over the situation. Eight suspects are now in preventive prison, including a Kyrgyz-born man who may be connected to the mass shooting.

By editor

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