Lukashenko goes against Putin, claims terrorists escaping to Belarus

Russia’s Security Head Accuses Ukraine and West of Islamic State Attack in Moscow

Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia’s security service, FSB, has accused Ukrainian and Western secret services of facilitating the attack in Moscow last Friday that resulted in 139 deaths and was claimed by Islamic State. Ukraine has denied any involvement in the attack and dismissed Russia’s accusations as lies. However, Belarus’ president, Alexander Lukashenko, contradicted Russia’s narrative by stating that terrorists initially tried to flee to Belarus, not Ukraine.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, but Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government continue to point fingers at Ukraine and the West. Putin claims that Ukraine provided a “window” for the attackers to cross the border despite being highly guarded due to its proximity to a war zone. Lukashenko, a close ally of Putin, stated that Belarus and Russia coordinated actions to intercept suspects’ car as it fled towards the border with Ukraine and Belarus.

Bortnikov reiterated his belief in an international conspiracy against Russia, stating that the attack was orchestrated by radical Islamists with help from Western and Ukrainian special services. He also mentioned that suspects planned to travel to Ukraine and be received as heroes. Despite these claims, no evidence has been provided to support these accusations. The FSB head also mentioned that identity of person who ordered attack is still unknown.

Patrushev and Bortnikov’s comments reflect Kremlin’s narrative which aims justifying potential escalation of conflict in Ukraine. With news of eight suspects arrested in preventive prison and possibility involvement of Kyrgyz-born man in mass shooting tensions between Russia

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