Belarus FM ignores RF embassy's reaction on arrested RF citizens

MINSK, February 17 (Itar-Tass) - Belarus' Foreign Ministry has not reacted on a statement that the Russian Embassy in Minsk had made on the situation related to Russian citizens Artyom Breus and Ivan Gaponov, who were arrested during the opposition protest actions on December 19, 2010, Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Savinykh said.

Speaking at a news briefing on Thursday, Savinykh said, "There is no official reaction from the Belarusian Foreign Ministry."

At the same time, he added, "In our view, the Belarusian Interior Ministry responds to the repeated statements by the Russian Embassy on this issue. Then the embassy itself described them as public ambiguous polemic."

The Russian Embassy made a cruel statement due to "grave information throw-in" by certain Belarusian interior representatives who said they had video materials that prove Russian citizens' guilt. In addition, they said more than half of penal offences in Belarus accounted on Russians.

In response the embassy said, "According to the materials of the case with which Breus and Gaponov were familiarised themselves, no evidence were offered to confirm Russian citizens' guilt."


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