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Belarus nabs ‘terrorist’ behind attempted sabotage at airfield base – Belta

Belarus detained on Tuesday what it said was a “terrorist” working with Ukrainian and U.S. intelligence services over attempted sabotage at a Belarusian airfield, the Belta news agency reported, citing President Alexander Lukashenko.

Belarusian anti-government activists said last month they had blown up a sophisticated Russian military surveillance aircraft in a drone attack at an airfield near the Belarusian capital Minsk, a claim disputed by Moscow and Minsk.

“The Security Service of Ukraine, the leadership of the CIA, behind closed doors, are carrying out an operation against the Republic of Belarus.

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“A terrorist was trained,” Belta quoted Lukashenko as saying.

Lukashenko said the aircraft had suffered only superficial damage in the attack, which was carried out using a “small drone”, Belta reported.

The suspect detained over the attack against the Beriev A-50 surveillance plane is a dual Russian-Ukrainian national, Belta also cited Lukashenko as saying.

Belarus, a close ally of Russia, has allowed Moscow to use its territory to launch attacks on Ukraine since the beginning of its military campaign against Kyiv a year ago.

Lukashenko has repeatedly said Belarus may join the conflict directly if its territory comes under attack from Ukraine.

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