Belarus Challenges Russia’s Narrative on Moscow Attack and Escalates Tension with Ukraine

Lukashenko disputes Putin’s claim and states terrorists are seeking refuge in Belarus

In a surprising turn of events, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has challenged Russia’s narrative regarding the attack in Moscow that resulted in 139 deaths and was claimed by Islamic State. According to Lukashenko, the attackers initially tried to flee to Belarus, not Ukraine as Russia has previously stated.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government continue to insist that Ukraine and the West are behind the attack, despite evidence suggesting otherwise. Putin claims that Ukraine provided a “window” for the attackers to cross the border, which is a risky move given the heavily guarded border next to a war zone.

The FSB head, Alexander Bortnikov, has accused both Ukrainian and Western secret services of facilitating the attack. However, Ukraine has denied any involvement and dismissed Russia’s accusations as lies. Despite this, Bortnikov claims that Western and Ukrainian special services were involved in facilitating the attack.

Lukashenko revealed that Belarus and Russia coordinated actions to intercept the suspects’ car fleeing towards the border with Ukraine and Belarus. Belarus quickly established border checkpoints, preventing the suspects from entering the country. Moscow continues to push the theory of an international conspiracy against Russia, with Bortnikov stating that Western and Ukrainian special services were involved in facilitating the attack.

Despite this revelation, Russian officials have yet to provide any specific evidence for their claims. The comments from Russian officials suggest an escalation of tension and potential military action in Ukraine as Moscow seeks to impose its narrative and control over the situation. Eight suspects are now in preventive prison, including a Kyrgyz-born man who may be connected to the mass shooting.

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