MINSK, April 17. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin focused on the issue of an assassination attempt on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko prepared by US intelligence agencies in a call with US President Joe Biden, Lukashenko said aired by the ONT television channel on Saturday.
"Another thing that surprises me is why Americans behave like this. Remember that no one except the top political leadership can set the task of getting rid of a president. Only them, not the special services," Lukashenko said.
"I'll tell you more. I am grateful to Putin. When he was talking with Biden, he asked him this question. Gurgling and no answer. Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin] called me and told me about this when I arrived from Azerbaijan," he added.
As for the plot against the president and his family, the Belarusian president said that political scientist Alexander Feduta and lawyer Yuri Zenkovich were detained in Moscow after he had asked Putin. A leader of the opposition BNF Party, Grigory Kostusev, was also a member of the group.
"Agents flew from the United States, a Zenkovich. We were trailing and watching them. They were scared to come here after we detained several groups that had brought arms here and hidden them in caches. They left for Moscow. And who else? It was ours, Feduta," Lukashenko noted. "Then we started to look around, Kostusev appeared there but to a less extent. He was not in Moscow, we found him here along with others."
According to the Belarusian leader, besides his request to the Russian president, Belarusian KGB head Ivan Tertel submitted a request to FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov.