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Belarus says alleged Russian mercenaries detained last…

MINSK, Aug 6 – Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Thursday that a group of alleged Russian mercenaries detained by security forces last week had broken the law in Belarus, the Belta news agency reported.

Belarus has accused the men of plotting to destabilize the country ahead of its Aug. 9 presidential elections. Russia has said the men were only passing through Belarus on their way to an unnamed Latin American country. (Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Maria Kiselyova)

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