WASHINGTON, May 13 (Xinhuanet) -- The United States on Friday rejected
Russia's charges that US Peace Corps was involved in plans to stage a "velvet
revolution" in Belarus.
"We saw a lot of charges yesterday from the Federal Security Service chief,
Mr. Patrushev. And I have to say that they're completely false. Most of them are
ridiculous," State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said at a news briefing.
"In 2003 when Peace Corps was closed in Russia, the Russian government
expressed its gratitude for the assistance Peace Corps provided through the work
of their volunteers and said their work in Russia's regions throughout the
decade had been positive and useful.
"That's what the official Russian government position was, has been, as far
as I know, to this day, on Peace Corps," Boucher said.
Russia's security chief said Thursday that foreign intelligenceservices
were plotting a so-called "velvet revolution" in Belarus to topple the
government by financing the opposition through non-governmental organizations
The International Republican Institute, a non-profit US organization which
played a key role in Ukraine's "orange revolution" last year, met officials of
the Commonwealth of Independent States last April in Bratislava and "earmarked a
budget of 5 million US dollars to finance the Belarus opposition in 2005,"
Federal Security Service head Nikolai Patrushev told theState Duma, lower house
of parliament Thursday. Enditem