‘Mercenaries’ detained by Belarus were going to Latin America: Russia

'Mercenaries' detained by Belarus were going to Latin America: Russia

A group of more than 30 suspected Russian mercenaries detained in Belarus last week were passing through Minsk and were on their way to an unnamed Latin American state, a Russian diplomat said.

Belarusian authorities have said they suspect the men entered their country to plot “acts of terrorism” and destabilize it before an Aug. 9 presidential election.

Russian officials have described the men as employees of a private security firm. The Russian state says it does not use mercenaries.

“Their final destination was one of the states in the Latin American region,” the diplomat, Kirill Pletnyev, was quoted as saying on Monday by the Russian RIA news agency.

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