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Queues and traffic jams at the border between Russia and Belarus. Russian services “suddenly started mass document control”

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Minsk sent a note to Russia asking for clarification on the situation on the Russian-Belarusian border. On Friday, many kilometers of traffic jams formed there. “The Russian border services suddenly started mass control of documents on the border with Belarus. The reasons cannot be explained,” the Belarusian weekly Nasza Niwa reported on the Internet.

– The Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent an appropriate note to the Russian side to explain the situation and specify whether the mode of crossing the border has really changed – said the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Anatol Hłaz, quoted by the BiełTA agency.

On Friday, many kilometers long queues formed on the Belarusian-Russian border on the M1 Brest-Moscow route. Information on this topic appeared in social networks and independent media on Friday afternoon.

Mass border controls. “The reasons do not explain”

“The Russian border services suddenly started mass control of documents on the border with Belarus. They do not explain the reasons,” the Belarusian weekly Nasha Niva reported on the Internet. “People write in social networks that Russian services check documents, including those of drivers who enter Belarus. Without documents, they do not leave Russia,” added the weekly’s website.

Belarusian-Russian borderSERGEI GAPON / AFP / East News

As “Nasha Niva” points out, the reasons for this are unknown, but it occurs shortly after 33 Russians were arrested in Belarus, identified as mercenaries from the so-called Wagner group, a Russian private military company. The Belarusian authorities indicated that the mercenaries could prepare an action destabilizing the political situation in Belarus before the presidential elections scheduled for 9 August.

According to the Russian ambassador, the men traveled through Belarus in transit and headed for Istanbul, but missed their flight.

Experts point out that the case of the militants may have serious consequences in relations between Belarus and Russia.

Director of TV Belsat on Russian influence in BelarusTVN24

Main photo source: SERGEI GAPON / AFP / East News

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