July 30, 2020 / 3:58 PM / 8 days ago

Ambassador says alleged Russian mercenaries planned to fly to Turkey from Belarus: TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s ambassador to Belarus said a group of alleged Russian mercenaries arrested in Minsk had been planning to fly out to Istanbul, TASS news agency reported on Thursday.

Belarusian state television broadcast footage on Wednesday of more than 30 suspected Russian private military contractors being detained near the capital.

Authorities said they had received information that over 200 fighters had entered the country to destabilise it before an Aug. 9 presidential election.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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