“It is the action of special services. People were used blindly to dislocate them to the territory of Belarus. They set legal goals before them,” Putin said.
According to the president, the Russian had to leave for third countries – Latin America and the Middle East for legal work.
“In fact, they were taken to the territory of Belarus and presented as possible crushing power for stirring up the situation during the election campaign. It totally did not correspond to the reality," Putin underlined
On July 29, the Belarusian law enforcers stated about the detention of 33 mercenaries of the Wagner group controlled by the Kremlin.
Some of the detainees fought in Donbas at the side of the pro-Russian militants. Despite the request of Ukraine about the extradition of these militants; on August 14, Minsk made a decision to pass them to Russia.