Kremlin awaits clarification over Russians taken into custody in Belarus
Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has told reporters that Moscow does not yet have full information regarding the detention of Russians in Belarus and expects the situation to be clarified, TASS reports.
"Today, our ambassador held a meeting in the Foreign Ministry and with [our] colleagues in Minsk. We hope that we will receive comprehensive information about what happened as a result of that communication and through communication channels between our special services," he explained.
According to the Kremlin spokesman, Moscow does not have full information about the incident yet. "We do know that 33 Russian citizens were detained in Belarus yesterday, and another 200 are still on a wanted list. There is no information about any illegal actions by the Russian nationals that might serve as a reason for being taken into custody. We know nothing about that. We see and hear official statements from Minsk that the Russians are allegedly involved in plans to destabilize the situation in Belarus in the run-up to the presidential election. We do not have any other information," he specified.
When asked to comment on remarks by Zakhar Prilepin, a Russian author, who said, according to media reports, that there were individuals among those taken into custody who had been with him in Donbass, Peskov replied, "We will take that into account."