CIA role in the operation to detain 33 Russians in Minsk is revealed

Employees of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) were aware of the operation of the Ukrainian special services, which hoped to get 33 Russians detained in Minsk in July. This was reported by REN TV channel with reference to the employee of the competent department on Friday, September 11.

According to him, the purpose of the “mission” could have been changed by the American side at the last stage.

The channel’s interlocutor revealed new details of preparation of the operation by Kiev, some of them directly reveal the role of the Ukrainian side in the events and allow to trace the sequence of events.

He noted that among the “unintentional and deliberate” leaks, one concerned a CIA resident officer known in Ukrainian security circles, who was aware of the operation and was engaged in correcting its design.

“Here we will help the temporary investigation commission of the Supreme Rada and “independent” journalists. Please follow up with the CIA official representative Timothy James Skovin or his first deputy,” the interlocutor explained.

According to him, the U.S. intelligence representatives could reveal the details of the special operation if they wanted to.

The official of the competent department told the TV channel that the original purpose of the special operation was to trap the Russians interested in Ukrainian special services. However, at its final stage, the U.S. decided to split the Russian-Belarusian relations.

“It was for this purpose that Ukrainian security services brought the group to Minsk and created conditions for its non-flight to Istanbul,” he said, adding that the decision to “drag” the Russians to Minsk was made long before the summer events.

A group of Russians in Belarus was detained in late July. It was claimed that they were allegedly employees of the PMC “Wagner”. In Moscow, they said that the detainees were on their way to Istanbul, but missed their plane. A criminal case was initiated against them on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack.

On August 14 the General Prosecutor’s Office reported that 32 out of 33 detained Russians in Belarus were returned home. Another Russian citizen, who also had a Belarusian passport, remained on the territory of the republic.

Russian President Vladimir Putin reported on August 27 that the detention was a joint action of Ukrainian and American special services.

According to Russian Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov, several foreign special services were involved in the incident. In response to a question about the involvement of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) in the incident, Krasnov said that an inspection was being carried out, but there was “an understanding that there were several special services.