The head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) called for ongoing anti – government protests against the Russian pro – Russian president as a result of alleged US efforts to inspire a coup against Alexander Lukashenko.
Reuters reported on Wednesday that Sergei Naryshkin made the comments to Rossiya Segodnya, a Russian state-run news service aimed at foreign audiences.
“According to SVR information, the United States plays a key role in Belarus,” Naryshkin was quoted as saying. “In essence, we are talking about a poorly concealed attempt to organize another ‘color revolution’ and an anti-constitutional coup, the goals and objectives of which have nothing to do with the interests of Belarusian citizens.”
State Department officials did not immediately return a request for comment on Naryshkin’s allegations. The agency has released a statement condemning reports of opposition leaders facing abductions and attempts at deportation, warning that the United States will consider sanctions against the Belarusian government in response to further anti-democratic actions.
“The United States is deeply concerned about the reported abduction on September 7 in Belarus by Coordinating Council member Mariya Kalesnikava, spokesman Anton Rodnenkou and Executive Secretary Ivan Krautsou and the attempted forced deportation across the border into Ukraine on September 8,” the Foreign Ministry said earlier this month.
“The United States, in coordination with our partners and allies, is considering further targeted sanctions to promote accountability to those involved in human rights violations and repression in Belarus. We remind the Belarusian authorities of their responsibility to ensure the safety of Ms. Kalesnikava and all of them. , which has been unfairly detained, ”the agency added.
Belarus has been the site of months of protests against Lukashenko’s government, which has been in power since 1994 and is accused of violently suppressing protesters. The EU does not recognize him as the country’s legitimate president following contested elections earlier this year, but he has maintained a relationship with the Russian president Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinRussia: US seeks to advance revolution in Belarus The Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by Air Line Pilots Association – Pence praises Harris as ‘experienced debater’; Trump, Biden differs over debate preparation. The United States must demand equal access to Russian airwaves MOREgovernment, which, if necessary, has promised military support to the country.