U.S. Reacts To Statements About Its Involvement In Attempts To Assassinate Lukashenko

The United States is not involved in any conspiracy to eliminate Alexander Lukashenko. An official representative of the U.S. State Department told this a TASS correspondent on Sunday, 18 April.

“We have seen reports in the state media of Russia about the alleged conspiracy against Alexander Lukashenko, as well as his own statements about it in the media. Any suggestion that the U.S. government was behind this or was involved in the attempted assassination of Lukashenko is completely false,” the State Department official said. According to him, the U.S. is ready to provide consular assistance to a U.S. citizen who was detained on suspicion of trying to seize power in Belarus [lawyer  Yuri Zenkovich – Ed.].

On Saturday, 17 April, Alexander Lukashenko said that political analyst Alexander Feduta and lawyer Yury Zenkovich were involved in plotting the assassination attempt on him and his sons. “Then we found out about the involvement of foreign intelligence services. Most likely, the CIA, the FBI, I do not know which of the Americans exactly. We learned about their plans to come to Minsk and to organize an assassination against the president and his children,” said Lukashenko.

Later that day, the state-run ONT TV channel aired a report with a commentary by the KGB Chairperson Ivan Tertel that the special services “managed to prevent attempts of an armed coup in Belarus and elimination of government officials”.  Tertel said that Alexander Feduta, Yuri Zenkovich and Grigory Kostusev were members of the criminal group. The ONT reported that “the conspirators plotted the coup for the summer of this year, June or July”.

The Federal Security Service (FSS) of Russia confirmed the information of the KGB of Belarus and stated that it had participated in the operation to detain Feduta and Zenkovich in Moscow. According to the agency, they arrived in the city after consultations in the U.S. and Poland to meet with “opposition-minded generals of the Belarusian Armed Forces.” At the same time, according to the FSS, seizing power by force in Belarus was planned for 9 May.

In relation to them, according to the FSS, the Belarusian authorities are investigating a criminal case on the grounds of a crime under Art. 357 [Conspiracy or other actions committed with the aim of seizing state power] of the Criminal Code of Belarus. The punishment under this article ranges from eight years in prison to the death penalty.

Poland has also has denied the accusations about its involvement in the preparation of the assassination attempt on Alexander Lukashenko. “Poland has never participated, did not plan and does not plan any actions to prepare the assassination attempt on Alexander Lukashenko. If someone [or] Mr. Alexander Lukashenko says such things, then he is lying. Poland is not involved in any such activities. First, I ask you to hear this and to know if someone is telling so, then they are deceiving him,” said Polish Secretary of State Krzysztof Szczerski.

Source: TASS