Belarusian president, Alexander Lukashenko, accusing Russia of lying about an alleged conspiracy involving mercenaries, allegedly to destabilise his country.
- Unarmed forces trying to implement a revolution in Belarus, but it will fail, says Lukashenko ahead of the presidential election on Sunday.
Russia has last week accused the belarusian authorities for no reason to have arrested a group of russians, as hviderusserne suspect to be mercenaries.
the Presidential election 9. august seems to be the biggest challenge for Lukasjeno in many years.
According to the Russian authorities, they were arrested russians only in transit towards a third country. Moscow denies that they should have had plans to influence the election in Belarus.
Lukashenko claims that those arrested "have confessed to everything', and that they were in Belarus in order to wait for further orders from Moscow.
Belarus is a former soviet republic located between Russia and the EU. It is one of the poorest countries in Europe.
Lukashenko has ruled the country with an iron hand since 1994. He has spoken of the fear of coronapandemien as a 'psychosis'.
He has made many new critics during the coronakrisen.
In the population, there have been frustrations over mr lukashenko's competitor lack of willingness to shut down the country or to introduce the same type of actions that other countries have used to limit the infection.
Despite the many warnings from the world health Organization (WHO) and health experts chose Lukashenko to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory in the Second world War.
It has led to protests in Belarus from the opposition.
His counterpart in Russia, Vladimir Putin, selected because of coronakrisen to cancel the Russian military parade, which was to have taken place at the same time.
Belarus, there are about five times as large as Denmark, has a population of almost 9.5 million, of which two million live in the capital, Minsk.