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The foreign Ministry called the Minsk about the detention of Russians are not tenable

Odious interpretation of the Belarusian party of the detention of 33 Russians do not stand up to scrutiny, the attempt to present the incident as external interference in the Affairs of the Republic causes at least bewilderment, said in a statement the foreign Ministry.

"Odious interpretation of the Belarusian party of the detention of 33 citizens of Russia does not withstand any criticism," - said in a statement.

"A group of Russians was in transit through Minsk to Istanbul, having on hand all necessary documents, including tickets. All the logistics on the territory of Belarus, provided the Belarusian company. For unknown reasons, the group did not get on your flight Minsk - Istanbul and was forced to stay in Belarus in anticipation of the purchase of new tickets the Belarusian company", - added in Department.

"The attempt to present the incident as external interference in the Affairs of the Republic is, at least, bewilderment. At the Belarusian authorities, including aviation, have all the necessary documents to establish the truth", - stressed in the Department.

Belarusian media reported, citing an unnamed source in law enforcement bodies that, under the Minsk detained "32 militants, the foreign private company Wagner", another was arrested in the South of the country. All of them, as claimed by the Agency, the Russians. Later, the Embassy of the Russian Federation said that the official has received from the foreign Ministry of Belarus a notice about the arrest of 32 Russians.

According to the Investigative Committee of Belarus, 33 of the detained Russians from PMC Wagner are suspects in a criminal case about preparation of mass riots. Thus a press-the Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov on Thursday said that "in Russia legally, de jure, no such thing as a PMC, no." He noted that he does not have any data on "any kind of military companies."

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko a few days ago, speaking to the commandos, said that street protests can "pull" a specially-trained foreigners. According to him, "these are professional soldiers, bandits, which are specially prepared, mainly in the framework of PMCs around the world, and make a lot of money on provocations in those or other States".

Presidential elections will be held on 9 August.