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With Belarus’ longtime strongman ruler Alexander Lukashenko in the international spotlight over this past week as tensions soar with Poland over the migrant border crisis, he’s been touting his close relationship with Putin while also threatening to shut off the Yamal natural gas pipeline to Europe – something which Putin warned against in fresh statements this weekend.
The threat to shut off energy supplies to Europe is something the Kremlin has distanced itself from, given especially it puts Russia in an awkward position at a moment the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is in the last hurdles of German regulatory approval. The Belarus matter can now be use by critics of NS2 to further their argument that Russia is being handed too much geopolitical and resource leverage over Europe’s energy independence. The fight over the Russia-to-Germany pipeline is not over.
Despite Putin cautioning Minsk as the row with Europe rapidly escalates, Lukashenko is asking for more, as Reuters reports over the weekend: “Pesident of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko wants Russian nuclear-capable Iskander missile systems to deploy in the south and west of the country, he said in an interview with a Russian defense magazine published on Saturday.”-
Learn More: https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/belarus-leader-asks-russia-station-nuclear-capable-missiles-near-poland-ukraine
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