Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has called the accusations by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov “the fruit of a morbid fantasy.” On September 2, Lavrov spoke about 200 extremists who had been sent to Belarus from the territory of Ukraine.
At a joint press conference with Uladzimir Makey in Moscow, Sergei Lavrov said that activities were being carried out from the territory of Ukraine aimed at ensuring that “peaceful protests break into a confrontational spiral.”
“There is confirmed information that such activities are carried out from the territory of Ukraine. There is a “Trident” named after Bandera, and “C14”, there is a “National Corps”, “Right Sector”. All these structures are actively involved in provoking radical actions in Minsk and other cities of Belarus, finance relevant events, incite those whom they consider to be promising extremist leaders to bring force elements into demonstrations in the Belarusian capital. According to our information, there are training camps for such extremists in the Volyn and Dnepropetrovsk regions in Ukraine. I am sure that our special services should deal with this more substantively, they are in contact with each other. According to our estimates, about 200 extremists trained on Ukrainian territory are now in the Republic of Belarus,” Lavrov said.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba emphasized that Lavrov’s statement is nonsense.
“The 200 Ukrainian extremists whom Ukraine allegedly sent to Belarus to destabilize the situation are the fruit of the painful fantasy of those who gave such data to my Russian colleague Sergei Lavrov,” he said.
According to Kuleba, “Ukraine has not been, is not, and will not conduct any subversive activities against Belarus.”
“Russia, on the contrary, declares that it has already sent some of its “specialists” to Belarus and is ready to send even more of them. Russia’s attempts to present its little green men in Belarus as Ukrainian extremists is a cheap and losing trick. As the proverb says: “the thief shouts — stop the thief,” summed up Kuleba.