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19 April 2021, 15:27

Putin, Biden discuss information about assassination plot against Lukashenko in phone call

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Photo courtesy of TASS
Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Photo courtesy of TASS

MINSK, 19 April (BelTA) – Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed information about assassination plot against Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko in a phone call with U.S. President Joe Biden, TASS reports.

“It is true, they discussed it,” Dmitry Peskov told reporters. However, the Kremlin spokesman did not answer a question about possible involvement of the Joseph Biden administration in the plot, saying that “the information that can be exposed is put out by special services at their own discretion”.

He noted that the detainees discussed ‘absolutely specific and absolutely destructive plans' with regard to the president of Belarus. “Therefore, of course, it meant a great danger,” Dmitry Peskov added.

On 17 April Aleksandr Lukashenko said that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had raised this matter during a phone call with U.S. President Joe Biden.

Earlier, Russia's Federal Security Service Public Relations Center said that the FSB detained two persons who were preparing a mutiny in Belarus and assassination of President Aleksandr Lukashenko. The FSB, together with Belarus' KGB, detained Yuri Zenkovich who has dual American-Belarusian citizenship, and Belarusian national Aleksandr Feduta. According to the FSB Public Relations Center, the detained planned a coup in Belarus using tried and tested ‘color revolution' scenarios with the help of local and Ukrainian nationalists. They also sought assassination of President Aleksandr Lukashenko.

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