Tsikhanouskaya says info about her connections with US intelligence false

Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya has said that the director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergei Naryshkin, “broadcasts stale propaganda clichés”.

On September 16, Sergei Naryshkin said that the United States played a key role in preparing the protests in Belarus and put Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya under “close guardianship”. “The protests have been well organized from the very beginning and are coordinated from abroad,” he said. The Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service says that “in fact, we are talking about a poorly veiled attempt to organize another color revolution and an anti-constitutional coup, the goals and objectives of which have nothing to do with the interests of Belarusian citizens”.

The ‘Pul Pervoy’ (Tsikhanouskaya’s) Telegram channel posted Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s answer to Sergei Naryshkin’s statement:

“The reason for the protests in Belarus is well-known to everyone: Lukashenka lost the election, but does not want to leave. The people, who refused to trust and support the former president, demand his departure.

This is an internal political crisis, there is nothing in the demands of the protesters that would relate to relations with other countries or changes in the foreign policy orientation of Belarus. The head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Mr. Naryshkin, should have been understood this instead of broadcasting stale propaganda clichés.