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9/16, 2:50 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Russia: US staged protests in Belarus

Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) Director Sergey Naryshkin claimed on Monday the data collected by the agency show the United States is behind the ongoing civil unrest in Belarus although it "tries to keep a low profile publically."

"The Americans stepped up funding to the Belarusian anti-government forces bountifully to the tune of tens of millions of dollars," Naryshkin said. "The US is closely mentoring former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and other opposition activists, whom they try to present in the guise of 'popular leaders' and future top officials of a 'democratic Belarus'."

Russia previously labeled Ukraine responsible for the protests in Belarus, while Minsk blamed them on Washington and the European Union.

Breaking the News / JR