Some recent statements made by Russian President Vladimir Putin at his yearly press conference with the public make it seem as though Russia’s integration deals with Belarus are developing into some sort of expansion template or were always that way by design.
Has the cunning Belarusian leader once again shown himself an expert at trying to have his cake and eat it too?
Here is what independence à l'américaine is like, with the United States’ friends and allies absolutely free to comply with their protector’s instructions offering specific guidance about almost everything they do.
Zapad-2017, a strategic Russian-Belarusian military exercise, held on September 14-20, was an event to hit headlines this month. Some Western officials, experts and media outlets whipped up hysteria, inventing stories about Russia using the training event as a cover for aggression…