Belarus to invite prosecutors from Russia and Ukraine to deal with PMC Wagner case

Lukashenka at a meeting on August 6. Photo:

At the meeting on August 6, Alyaksandr Lukashenka instructed to invite general prosecutors of Russia and Ukraine to Belarus to consider the situation with the detained militants, BelTA informs.

“Put in front of the three of you (Prosecutor Generals – international treaties and agreements with the Russian Federation and Ukraine, which we have signed in multilateral terms (we have assumed the responsibilities in this situation too), our laws. The chairman of the Investigative Committee will report to you together with the State Security Committee both operational information and information of the investigators: here are the documents, the information will be on the table. The three of you will decide,” said the head of Belarus.

According to him, if the prosecutors from Russia and Ukraine don’t come, “we’ll solve the issue without them”.

Lukashenka notes that many people are actively expressing concern about this topic.

“They whine, squeak, scream. There is no need to shout at the TV. The box here will not help. We will act solely on the basis of laws and, a very important nuance, humanity. Laws don’t provide for everything. We still have to proceed from the human factor,” said Lukashenka.

He stressed that there should be “no politicization” in the matter of the Russian militants, who, according to the official version, arrived in Belarus to destabilize the situation on the eve of the elections.

“We don’t need any political or economic performances. And we don’t need to be intimidated with consequences either. We know about all the consequences. We do not need to be scared by Americans, by NATO. It’s not the Americans or NATO who sent 33 people here, for that matter,” added the President.

On 5 August, the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had a telephone conversation with the head of Belarus, Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

The heads of state discussed in detail the issues related to the detention of militants of the private military company Wagner in Belarus. They noted the importance of further effective cooperation between the competent authorities of the two countries, particularly in the context of the transfer of persons suspected of terrorist activities in Ukraine.