USSR2/WW4 Files: Lukashenko in worst row ever with Putin, reasserts Belarus’ economic and foreign policy independence from Russia, praises “fraternal” Ukraine’s “fight for independence” against (Moscow-backed) Donbas separatists, rejects Russian request to build air base in Bobruisk, urges transfer of fighter jets to Belarusian Air Force instead; Belarusian dictator in Feb. 3 interview says “Russia has grabbed Belarus by the throat,” angry over Kremlin’s demand for payment of US$340 million natural gas bill, curtailing of oil supplies, implementation by Russian FSB of border controls between Union State members; Russia ready to ban import of beef, poultry, milk and dairy products from Belarus; NATO’s deployment of 4 armored brigades of 1,000 troops each in Poland, Baltics states response to Russian aggression in Ukraine, but also Russian plans for Zapad 2017 military drill in Belarus next Sept., Lithuanian DM warns: “The presence of such a large amount of [Russian] troops next to our borders, of course, creates some risks. We will take counter-measures, including with our allies, to avoid any provocations”; Ukrainian military expert: “With Caucasus 2008, Russia started a war with Georgia, during a training exercise”; RAF intercepts Russian Blackjack bombers lurking outside British airspace for 5 hours

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One response to “USSR2/WW4 Files: Lukashenko in worst row ever with Putin, reasserts Belarus’ economic and foreign policy independence from Russia, praises “fraternal” Ukraine’s “fight for independence” against (Moscow-backed) Donbas separatists, rejects Russian request to build air base in Bobruisk, urges transfer of fighter jets to Belarusian Air Force instead; Belarusian dictator in Feb. 3 interview says “Russia has grabbed Belarus by the throat,” angry over Kremlin’s demand for payment of US$340 million natural gas bill, curtailing of oil supplies, implementation by Russian FSB of border controls between Union State members; Russia ready to ban import of beef, poultry, milk and dairy products from Belarus; NATO’s deployment of 4 armored brigades of 1,000 troops each in Poland, Baltics states response to Russian aggression in Ukraine, but also Russian plans for Zapad 2017 military drill in Belarus next Sept., Lithuanian DM warns: “The presence of such a large amount of [Russian] troops next to our borders, of course, creates some risks. We will take counter-measures, including with our allies, to avoid any provocations”; Ukrainian military expert: “With Caucasus 2008, Russia started a war with Georgia, during a training exercise”; RAF intercepts Russian Blackjack bombers lurking outside British airspace for 5 hours

  1. mah29001 February 10, 2017 at 3:42 am

    Hmm, I wonder if this is an excuse for Putin to target the Baltic states after going after Belarus.

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