Belarus says it thwarted attack on capital by drones launched from Lithuania

By Thomson Reuters Apr 25, 2024 | 5:44 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The head of the Belarusian security service said on Thursday it had thwarted an attack on the capital Minsk by drones launched from Lithuania, Russian state news agencies said.

There was no immediate comment from NATO-member Lithuania.

“The State Security Committee, in cooperation with colleagues from other law enforcement agencies, has recently carried out a number of acute security measures, which made it possible to prevent strikes by combat drones from the territory of Lithuania on objects in Minsk and its suburbs,” RIA news agency quoted Belarusian security chief Ivan Tertel as saying.

It did not say whether he provided any evidence to support the assertion.

Belarus is an ally of Russia and allowed Moscow to use its territory to launch its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)