Russia and Belarusian security services recently foiled a coup attempt to overthrow the Belarusian government and assassinate the president of Belarus.
In his annual State of the Union address on the 21st, Mr Putin said the West had collectively “lost its voice” and pretended it had never happened.
‘Unfortunately, many people are used to the “illegal sanctions” imposed by the West economically, but they are now being turned into more dangerous acts such as organizing coups and assassinating Belarusian leaders in Belarus, Mr Putin said. Instead of collective condemnation of the coup attempt, the West has remained silent.
Russian President Vladimir Putin: Now such acts (illegal sanctions) are turning into more dangerous ones. What I mean is that this blatant coup attempt to overthrow the Government of Belarus and assassinate the President has not been collectively condemned by the West, and everyone pretends not to notice these things and pretends that nothing has happened. If a coup does happen, how many people will suffer if everything goes in that direction? What about the fate of Belarus? No one’s going to think about that.
The Russian Federal Security Service said on the 17th, with the relevant departments of Belarus, foiled a coup attempt to overthrow the Belarusian government and assassinate Belarusian President Lukashenko, and arrested two Belarusians.
A statement from russia’s Federal Security Service said the two men tried to launch an operation on May 9 during a Victory Day parade in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. Russia has handed over the suspects to Belarus.
Belarus President Lukashenko said on the 17th that investigators found foreign forces involved, most likely the FBI or the CIA.