“Union state”, integration. Minsk followed this meeting with particular attention. According to the USCC’s sources in the Ukrainian special services, the illegitimate President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, feared that he might be traded between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin during the talks, and even demanded assurances from the Russian president that nothing alike would happen.
Their names and faces are unknown. They are seldom shown on TV. Their chevrons depict an owl raising a sword over Russia, and their commanders are being fiercely hunted by Russian special services. They are Ukrainian intelligence officers.
According to the USCC’s sources in the Ukrainian special services, Russia is taking active measures to expand its military presence in Belarus. Since March Russia has intensified joint military exercises of units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus, introducing modern models of weapons and military equipment of Russian production.
The Kremlin’s project, which is directly called Russia’s gas needle in Europe and a threat to the national security of Ukraine and Central Europe, will seem to be completed after years of sanctions. And all this happens despite Russia’s aggressive policy towards NATO, interference in U.S. elections, Russian cyberattacks and hacking of German official institutions, murder and poisoning of Kremlin enemies in the EU, not to mention the occupation of Crimea, parts of Georgia, and the war in the East of Ukraine.