Attack on Belarus leader foiled: Kremlin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin informed his US counterpart Joe Biden in a telephone conversation about a foiled assassination attempt on the leader of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, media reports say.

This was confirmed by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Monday, according to the Interfax agency.

One of the arrested suspects is also said to have US citizenship.

According to Lukashenko, foreign secret services are said to be behind the planned coup.

Putin and Biden spoke on the phone a week ago.

The Belarusian KGB secret service accuses the man and another suspect of having prepared an armed uprising.

They are also said to have planned to kill Lukashenko and his family.

The information cannot be independently verified.

The opposition in Belarus called the account "signs of provocation" by the secret services.

The Kremlin in Moscow condemned plans to kill the head of state of its neighbouring country.

Lukashenko had repeatedly stirred up fear among the population and accused the opposition of planning a violent overthrow.

In view of the mass protests against him, he had also once said that a revolution like the one in neighbouring Ukraine had been prevented.

After the presidential election in August, which was widely regarded as rigged, hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets and have demanded Lukashenko's resignation and new elections.