Russian President Vladimir Putin and permanent members of the security Council expect a speedy clarification of all circumstances of detention of Russians in Belarus and their release. This was stated by Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov.
According to him, RIA “Novosti”, the President during the video conference held a meeting of the security Council. “There was considerable conversation about the incident with detention of Russian citizens in Belarus”, — said the representative of the Kremlin. He added that the participants of the discussion expressed hope for a speedy clarification of the story and the release of detainees.
in addition, traditionally discussed various issues of socio-economic internal Russian agenda, said Peskov. The meeting was attended by head of government Mikhail Mishustin, the speakers of both chambers of Parliament Valentina Matvienko, Vyacheslav Volodin, Deputy head of the security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, the head of the Kremlin administration Anton Vaino, head of the interior Ministry and the defense Ministry Vladimir Kolokoltsev and defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, head of the FSB Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the SVR, Sergei Naryshkin, special envoy of the President on issues of environmental activities, environment and transport Sergei Ivanov.
we Remind that the Belarusian authorities announced on July 29 on the arrest of 33 Russian citizens. Against the Russians was a criminal case under article “preparation of a terrorist act” and thereby, according to various estimates, could face up to 20 years in prison. Later, the investigative Committee of Belarus reported that detainees are suspected of preparing mass riots in the Republic. Thus, according to intelligence services, previously information was received of the arrival in Belarus “, more than 200 militants to destabilize the situation during the election campaign.”
Moscow said that Russian citizens are not involved in internal political processes in the Republic. The Russian foreign Ministry said that the group arrested in Belarus Russians was in transit through Minsk to Istanbul having on hand all necessary documents, including tickets and logistics was provided by the Belarusian company. In Moscow said that the authorities of Belarus have all the necessary documents to establish the truth. The Russian foreign Ministry stressed that odious interpretation of the Belarusian party of detention of Russians do not stand up to scrutiny, and called for an end to whipping up unnecessary negative emotions. The foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation also has demanded immediately to ensure access of consular officials to the detained in Belarus for Russian citizens.