Belarus' authoritarian leader claims foreign plot thwarted
June 19, 2020
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The president of Belarus said Friday that his government thwarted a foreign-inspired plot to destabilize the ex-Soviet nation before the August presidential election in which he is seeking a sixth term.
The claim by President Alexander Lukashenko followed the detention Thursday of potentially his top election challenger, the former head of a Russia-owned bank, and reflects the growing strain in his relations with Russia.
The authoritarian Lukashenko, who has been in office for nearly 26 years, said, "The authorities have taken preemptive steps and derailed a compre...