Maneuvers from Minsk?

Monday, 27 February 2023 — The van says…

Geography is destiny, but what does the future hold should Belarus enter the fight?


In the multitude of dynamics that make up the current conflict in Eastern Europe, a potential operation from Belarus cannot be dismissed. A previous article stated that

‘…recent rumors indicate not only a large buildup of men and machines in the Belgorod region, but also in Belarus. Another front opening on the Ukraine’s borders would open a real can of worms for Kiev and its backers, already overstretched resources now being taken way beyond breaking point. Some would say there is excellent logic behind Russia carrying out such a plan, yet viewed objectively, it would be madness for Russia to not follow such an agenda.’ 

This piece shall examine the possibilities offered should Minsk enter the fray, and what it may mean for both Kiev and the world as a whole.
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NATO nuclear compass rendered unavailing

Wednesday, 21 December 2022 — Indian Punchline


Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, Minsk, December 19, 2022

The visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Minsk on Monday, accompanied by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, turned out to be immensely consequential for European security.

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Blinken delays US response to Russia

Thursday, 20 January 2022 — Indian Punchline

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warns of imminent Russian assault on Ukraine, scrambling to get allies to rally. (File photo)

A special press briefing in unseemly hurry by the US state department to warn an imminent Russian assault on Ukraine; a surprise call by state secretary Blinken to his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to be followed by an unscheduled meeting in Geneva Friday; a whirlwind tour of Kiev and Berlin through Thursday — US diplomacy has gone into overdrive as the timeline for giving a formal response to Russia’s demands of security guarantee draws closer.

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The double standards of the Pratassevich affair

25 May 2021 — Voltaire Network

US President Joe Biden and the EU heads of state and government strongly condemned the arrest of journalist Raman Pratassevich in Belarus.

The Ryanair aircraft, passing through Belarusian airspace while transporting him from Greece to Lithuania on 23 May 2021, was grounded in Minsk after a false bomb threat. The journalist was then arrested for inciting anti-government protests last year.

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EU States Combined to Force Down Snowden Flight

24 May 2021 — Craig Murray

The USA, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Austria combined to force down President Evo Morales’ jet in Vienna in 2013 after the CIA falsely reported whistleblower Edward Snowden was on board. The monumental cynicism of these nations in sanctioning Belarus for a directly comparable action is sickening, even by the standards of western hypocrisy. Indeed, to force down a Presidential jet covered by diplomatic immunity is a greater offence to international law than Belarus forcing down the Ryanair flight.

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Biden set to inflict wounds on Eurasia

2 March 2021 — Indian Punchline

Yet another colour revolution in Georgia, Tbilisi, Feb 26, 2021

Mikhail Gorbachev in a special interview to the Tass news agency on Monday gave a poignant message to the Kremlin by calling for the strengthening of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Collective Security treaty Organization and for mending relations with those former Soviet republics which are “at odds” with Moscow.

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A Ukrainian/CIA Plot To Incite Belarus Against Russia Unraveled – The NYT Story Thereof Is Hiding The Failure

21 September 2020 — Moon of Alabama

Just yesterday we flogged the false and misleading reports in the New York Times about Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine. Today a different New York Times report by Ivan Nechepurenko, who is also with its bureau in Moscow, proves to be of similar shoddy quality:
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Russia blasts US’ Indo-Pacific strategy

12 September 2020 — Indian Punchline


Vietnam’s Dy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh chairs a video meeting with ministers from member countries of Association of Southeast Nations, Hanoi, Sept 9, 2020.

The meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow on September 11 took place at a particularly delicate juncture in regional politics. Russia is carefully ploughing a neutral line in the India-China standoff while also drawing closer to China to push back at US pressure.

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Anatomy of coup attempt in Belarus

30 August 2020 — Indian Punchline

M.K. Bhadrakumar

Women protestors in Minsk, Belarus, lionised by western media

The Russian President Vladimir Putin disclosed in a TV interview on August 27 that the Americans, amongst others, had fuelled the unrest in Belarus. He explained that the controversial presence of 33 Russian nationals (with military background) in Minsk in the run-up to the presidential election in Belarus on August 8, which briefly created misunderstanding between Minsk and with Moscow, was itself was a joint operation by Ukrainian and US intelligence agencies.

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Belarus News Links 24-29 August 2020

29 August 2020 — The New Dark Age

The Emergence of the Technetronic Society of Humankind

Belarus: NATO Lobby Acknowledges That Its Color Revolution Failed

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Russia takes Europe’s support to calm Belarus

18 August 2020 — Indian Punchline

M.K. Bhadrakumar

Opposition protests in Minsk, Belarus, Aug 16, 2020

The mercurial Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has not been an easy ally for the Kremlin. But the growing interference by Belarus’ “New European” neighbours is setting the stage for a “colour revolution” with potentially anti-Russian orientation. Poland, egged on by the US, has convinced itself that it has become a regional heavyweight and eyes Belarus as a valuable piece of real estate that could shift the military balance on Russia’s western borders.

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Belarus News Links 13-17 August 2020

17 August 2020 — The New Dark Age

Russian-Belarusian Relations: Back To Being Brothers?

Special report: The arrest of 33 Russians in Minsk turns out to have been a provocation by the Ukrainian secret services

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A quick update on Belarus

12 August 2020 — The Saker

A quick update on Belarus

To make a long story short, two major developments have happened:

  1. My guess is that by now Lukashenko has now figured (again) that the West wants him dead AND he has figured out that he has been conned by the Ukie SBU and, most likely, elements inside his own KGB.
  2. The Belarusian security forces (riot police and KGB) have ruthlessly cracked down on the opposition and right now they seem to be in control of the situation.

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Could a Color Revolution be Possible in Belarus?

12 August 2020 — American Herald Tribune

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The political crisis in Belarus is getting worse day after day. As a result of elections in the country, a violent wave of protests began in several cities. The focus of the demonstrations is Minsk, the country’s capital. In the most violent night so far, 40 more policemen and 50 civilians were injured, some seriously. More than 1,000 were arrested, according to data from the Ministry of Interior.

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Putin and Russia are facing a very serious crisis in Belarus

12 August, 2020 — Information Clearing House

By The Saker

Some of my longtime readers might have noticed that I rarely (if ever!) wrote about Belarus or President Lukashenko.  As always with the blog, there always is a reason for why I do mention something and no less a reason why I do not mention something.  In the case of Belarus or Lukashenko, my reason for not writing about them was the exact same why I never wrote about the Ukraine before 2013: I was both uninspired and mostly disgusted with what I saw taking place there.  And I did not feel strongly enough to write about it.  That changed for the Ukraine with the Euromaidan.

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Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: November 5, 2011

5 November 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Israeli President Speaks Of Military Strikes Against Iran
  • Belarus: NATO’s Murder Of Gaddafi Worse Than The Nazis
  • NATO Action In Libya 21st Vandalism: Belarusian President
  • Afghanistan: Deputy U.S.-NATO Commander Sacked
  • Lithuania: NATO Trains Response Force For ‘Anywhere In The World’
  • Belarus Fears Regime Change Plans As NATO Advances
  • NATO Contracts For Interceptor Missile System Upgrades
  • U.S. Military ‘Institutionalizes’ Past Decade’s Irregular Warfare Lessons
  • American Patriot Award: National Defense University Honors McCain, Lieberman
  • AFRICOM: 850 Sierra Leone Troops To Be Deployed In Somalia

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“Gaddafi is a survivor” — RT

13 July 2011 — RT

NATO is surrendering in Libya. The alliance did not realize that the operation would take so much time and effort, Stephen Brown, contributing editor to FrontPage Magazine, told RT.

’France has just recently called for the rebels to negotiate with Gaddafi and said that the bombing will stop as soon as they are at the negotiating table,’ he said. ‘This shows me that NATO is surrendering, the surrendering process has begun.’

According to Brown, the alliance is very surprised at the Gaddafi regime’s resilience in this war.

‘He is a dictator like Saddam Hussein,’ he said. ‘He has got billions of dollars in cash flying around. We found billions of dollars in cash when we invaded Iraq. Gaddafi has got the same thing.

‘He is paying mercenaries. He is paying people still to train his troops, supposedly from Belarus. He is paying mercenaries to fly his airplanes,’ Brown added. ‘He is a survivor and the rebels are going to come nowhere near to defeating his regular forces, which are very well trained.’