Lukashenko Claims Western spies Planted in State Factories

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that spies affiliated with Western countries are working against the government in state-run factories.

The announcement was made after human rights activists reported the detention of 14 workers at a fertilizer plant.

Grodno Azot is one of several plants sanctioned by the West in response to Lukashenko’s cruel assault on demonstrators following a contentious election last year. The plant was likewise a focal point for the same kinds of large protests.

According to Belta, Lukashenko did not mention which Western countries were reportedly behind the remarks made during his meeting with Industry Minister Piotr Parkhomchik and Vice Premier Yuri Nazarov.

“We just do not have the right to decline. We have to keep this level whatever it takes. I know that you have taken a number of decisions in the government to minimize the impact of sanctions on our economy,” he said.

But take a look at employees at your companies. I have information that there are still a few scoundrels there, and they aim to inform the collective West about how Parkhomchik and Nazarov are trying to bypass sanctions. They, in fact, spy and pass the information there,” Lukashenko added.

Lukashenko said they had identified a few of the spies and assured them that they would go to jail “for a long time.”

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