MINSK, 30 July (BelTA) - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Dmitry Mezentsev and Minister-Counsellor, acting head of the Ukrainian Embassy in Belarus Piotr Vrublevsky were invited one by one to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, BelTA has learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“The Russian side has been communicated substantive information about a group of Russian citizens, who were detained by law enforcement agencies in Belarus a day before, who belong to the so-called Wagner private military company,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The ministry also said that “the Russian ambassador has been asked for detailed explanations regarding the goals and other aspects of the arrival and stay in our country of this organized group of persons, many of whose members have a proven combat experience.”
“Taking into account the confirmed information on the participation of a number of detainees in combat activities in Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine as well as the Ukrainian origin and Ukrainian citizenship of some of them, Piotr Vrublevsky was asked to provide the relevant information for a comprehensive analysis and assessment of the reasons for their presence in Belarus,” the press service said.
“Taking into account this alarming fact, as well as the ongoing election campaign in Belarus, an agreement has been reached with the Ukrainian side to intensify cooperation between border agencies and strengthen the border control in order to prevent destabilization of the situation in both countries,” the ministry said.