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Belarusian president condemns failed sabotage of Russian aircraft

Minsk, Mar 7 (Prensa Latina) Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday claimed that the sabotage of an A-50 aircraft in the Machulishchy air base in the Minsk region by Ukraine was thwarted by the authorities.

During an award ceremony in the capital Minsk, Lukashenko claimed that a person and his accomplices, all of which allegedly work for the Security Service of Ukraine, were detained before attempting to sabotage, according to the Belarusian state news agency Belta.

“The Security Service of Ukraine, the leadership of the CIA worked out an operation against the Republic of Belarus either behind our backs or from the side,” Lukashenko claimed, further claiming that the person arrested is an ethnic Russian born in Ukraine who also held a Russian and Ukrainian passport.

Lukashenko noted local opposition representatives aided saboteur and vowed “a serious purge throughout the country” of those with terrorist plans.