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29 April 2021, 15:55

Russia suspects involvement of another state in preparations for coup in Belarus

Dmitry Peskov. Photo courtesy of TASS
Dmitry Peskov. Photo courtesy of TASS

MOSCOW, 29 April (BelTA) – The scale of preparations for the coup in Belarus, including the assassination of President Aleksandr Lukashenko and the disruption of the power grid's operation, testifies that a foreign state had planned the coup. Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov made the statement on the air of the Russian TV channel Channel One.

Dmitry Peskov said: “We can imagine the scale of the conspiracy. It involved not simply the liquidation of the president, the taking of his family as hostages but such complicated actions as the shutdown and blocking of the country's entire power grid. As you can understand, a group of immigrants in America cannot talk about cyberactions meant to block the power grid of a country. It is impossible to implement or even plan such actions without aid or instructions of an unknown state. It is an undeniable fact that we can work with.”

Asked whether U.S. President Joe Biden had known about the planned coup and had been involved in it, Dmitry Peskov said: “There are no clear indications and it is unlikely there can be any.” He noted that the Russian side has an unconditional clear understanding of the level of the USA's involvement in the situation concerning Belarus.

Commenting on U.S. President Joe Biden's first address to the U.S. Congress, in which he noted the USA is ready to lead the world, Dmitry Peskov drew attention to Joe Biden's words saying that America is allegedly ready to take any steps. “Certainly, such words sound ominous in the context of such events as, for instance, the participation of U.S. citizens in a conspiracy against the president of Belarus and in a conspiracy meant to depose the government by assassinating the president,” the Kremlin representative pointed out. “And we cannot but place these two facts on the same canvas.”

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