Russia’s Narrative on Moscow Terror Attack Clashes with Neighbors and Challenges International Security

Lukashenko disputes Putin’s claim and states terrorists are seeking refuge in Belarus

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Moscow last Friday that resulted in 139 deaths. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government continue to insist that Ukraine and the West are behind it. Bortnikov, head of the FSB, accused Ukrainian and Western secret services of facilitating the attack.

Despite Russia’s accusations, Ukraine denied any involvement and dismissed them as lies. Lukashenko, president of Belarus, challenged Russia’s narrative by stating that the attackers initially tried to flee to Belarus, not Ukraine. This revelation suggests that there may be a different truth behind Russia’s claims.

Lukashenko also revealed that Belarus and Russia coordinated actions to intercept the suspects’ car fleeing towards the border with Ukraine and Belarus. Belarus quickly established border checkpoints, preventing the suspects from entering its territory. Putin claims that Ukraine provided a “window” for the attackers to cross the border, which is risky given the heavily guarded border next to a war zone.

The FSB head also mentioned that eight suspects are now in preventive prison, including one who may be connected to the mass shooting in Kyrgyzstan earlier this year. The comments from Russian officials suggest an escalation of tension and potential military action in Ukraine as Moscow seeks to impose its narrative and control over the situation.

In conclusion, while there are conflicting narratives about who was responsible for the terrorist attack in Moscow last Friday, it is clear that tensions between Russia and its neighbors remain high. The accusations made by Russian officials against Ukraine and Western special services have led to increased tension between these countries, with Lukashenko challenging Russia’s narrative by revealing new information about what happened on that fateful day.

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