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Belarus says it has detained U.S. nationals: Belta - Metro US

Belarus says it has detained U.S. nationals: Belta

Belarusian President Lukashenko delivers his annual address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly in Minsk

MINSK (Reuters) – President Alexander Lukashenko said on Thursday that Belarus had detained a number of people who possessed U.S. passports and were married to U.S. women ahead of its Aug. 9 presidential elections, the Belta news agency reported.

Lukashenko provided no further details of the detainees and it was not clear who he was referring to.

The U.S. embassy did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Jon Boyle)

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