Russia has acquired the right to build military bases in Ukraine’s two breakaway regions under treaties signed by President Vladimir Putin with their separatist leaders. Putin on Monday officially recognised the two breakaway regions – the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic – as independent statelets, defying Western warnings that such aContinue reading “Russia now has right to build military bases in eastern Ukraine – treaties”
Russia sent two nuclear-capable strategic bombers on a training mission over Belarus for a second straight day on Thursday in a strong show of Moscow’s support for its ally amid a dispute over migration at the Polish border. The Belarusian Defense Ministry said two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers practiced bombing runs at the Ruzany firing range, locatedContinue reading “Russia sends nuclear-capable bombers on patrol over Belarus”
Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has accused the Russian President Vladimir Putin of orchestrating the migration crisis on the country’s border with Belarus. “(Belarusian leader) Lukashenko is the executor of the latest assault, but this assault has a sponsor who is to be found in Moscow, and this sponsor is President Putin,” Morawiecki said duringContinue reading “Poland-Belarus: Putin behind migrant crisis at border, says Polish PM Morawiecki”
Russia and Belarus have discussed further integrating their economies as joint military exercises get underway, all of which worry neighbouring Poland, along with Belarus’s expulsion of Iranian and Afghan refugees.
Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko is forging closer ties with Russia. Isolated by the West, Lukashenko has agreed to a road map for closer integration that stops short of political union — for now at least. Some events are long in the making. Back in 1999, the leaders of Belarus and Russia signed a treaty onContinue reading “Will Russia swallow up Belarus?”
Russia has sent Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets to western Belarus to form a joint military training centre, fly joint missions and patrol the two countries’ borders, the Belarusian defence ministry said on Wednesday. The announcement comes two days before the start of military drills in Belarus and Russia that have prompted consternation in the NATOContinue reading “Russia moves Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets to Belarus to patrol borders, Minsk says”
The authoritarian leader’s comments come before large joint military exercises later this month. Russia will soon deliver a huge military hardware consignment to Belarus, including aircraft, helicopters and air defence systems, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko was quoted as saying on Wednesday by the Belta state news agency. The delivery is likely to be interpreted asContinue reading “Russia to send arms, ‘maybe even S-400s’, to Belarus: Lukashenko”