By Dave Decamp
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that sanctions and other pressure from the West have sped up the “unification process” for Russia and Belarus.
The two nations signed an integration treaty in 1997. The process has been sped up since the US and its allies rejected the result of Belarus’ 2020 presidential election that saw Alexander Lukashenko win another term.
After the election, the US and EU started imposing sanctions on Belarus and threw support behind an exiled opposition leader. As a result, Lukashenko drew closer to Putin, and Russia was able to launch the initial phase of its invasion of Ukraine from Belarusian territory.
Since the invasion, the West has targeted Belarus with the same sanctions Russia is being hit with. Putin said the pressure was “pushing us to speed up the unification process.”
“After all, acting together it’s easier to minimize the damage from illegal sanctions, it’s easier to start production of products that are in demand, develop new competencies and expand cooperation with friendly countries,” the Russian leader said.
Under the 1997 agreement, known as the Union State, Russia and Belarus would remain separate sovereign states, but people living in each country would get citizenship for the other and would be able to travel freely.
Russia and Belarus are also stepping up military cooperation, and Putin said this week that he will send nuclear-capable Iskander-M missiles to Belarusian territory. Putin also plans to help Belarus upgrade its fighter jets, so they are capable of carrying nuclear weapons.
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the book, Kevin MacDonald’s Metaphysical Failure: A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology, and Identity Politics. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.
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Belarus was a product of USSR , a bunch of scary people , good for nothing !
Belarus scary enough to keep out of country the US sponsored Ukrainian nazi fuckers, and CIA sponsored muslim terrorist gangs, also scary enough to not put any troops at all into Ukraine, mainly because Ukraine and Belarus have always been brothers, until the USA stepped in and started the Russian ethnic cleansing campaign in 2014 which Belarus recognizes as exactly what it is, since they are not stupid people.
Gay parade aryan sausage festivals not allowed in Belarus, and if they make a big deal about demonstrating their love of butt-sex in public, they wil be beaten with sticks and thrown in river.
Good post Konehead.
When are Americans going to get it through their heads that we are NOT the good guys, never have been, never will be. We have the biggest baddest military in the world but we somehow forgot how to make jet fighters. We have military bases all around the world where we are now looked on as being the aggressor, not the liberator. If for some reason Biden forces us into a war with Russia we will be use nuclear weapons just like we already have in Iraq and Syria. Russia will be forced to retaliate in kind.
On the bright side, nuclear winter will be a great fix for global warming.
Have the biggest baddest military in the world…. and the more uselessly expensive for the pocketbook American taxpayer.
Tom. We be missin’ the Cold War. A wet dream for the MICC.
Israel would be more than willing to stage a 9/11-style false-flag attack that will be blamed on Russia. Maybe sinking a US aircraft carrier? May Heaven help the crew of the USS Harry S. Truman which is currently on station in the Mediterranean.
It’s said Ukraine had the biggest and best trained military in EU,
but Russia has handled them about as easily as America handled the Iraqi military.
So Russia has not faced a peer since ww2, any more than America has.
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