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06 August 2020, 11:21

Lukashenko instructs to involve Russia, Ukraine into militants case investigation

MINSK, 6 August (BelTA) – We should invite the prosecutor general's offices of Russia and Ukraine to look into the situation with the militants detained in Belarus, President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting held on 6 August to discuss ways to maintain security during the presidential election, BelTA has learned.

“I will give instructions to the prosecutor general to look into the situation with so-called 33 warriors [members of a private military company detained in Belarus] to put a stop to all this idle talk. Yesterday, we had a long conversation on the matter with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The media have already reported on it. My position was unambiguous: we are guided by the Belarusian laws. They have committed offenses on the territory of Belarus. We know everything that the Investigative Committee has so far revealed,” said the head of state.

He instructed to invite the prosecutor generals of Ukraine and Russia to Belarus. “Everyone is concerned about this serious problem. The three of you [prosecutors general] should examine the international treaties and the agreements that we signed with the Russian Federation and with Ukraine, and the ones we signed multilaterally (we made appropriate commitments), our laws. The Investigative Committee and the State Security Committee will report both operational information and information of the investigators to you and the three of you will come to a decision,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

“If they decide to abstain, we will solve the issue without them," the head of state stressed.

He noted that many are actively expressing their concerns over this issue: "They are whining, moaning, screaming, suggesting all kinds of theories. There is no use talking on TV. The TV will not help. We will act solely on the basis of laws and, which is very important, humanity. Laws do not prescribe everything. It is still necessary to proceed from the human factor.”

“We will solve this problem. There should be no politicization” the Belarusian leader stressed. “We do not need theatricals, either political or economic ones. They should not intimidate us with some consequences. We know all the consequences. Do not threaten us with the Americans, NATO. It was not the Americans or NATO that sent 33 people here, if it comes to that,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko once again noted that the prosecutors general of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine need to come together and sort everything out. “They need to take a sit down and do as they see fit. They should make a decision on these guys based on our legislation, the international laws. As they, the three of them, decide, so it will be,” he said.

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