(RoyalPatriot.com )- Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly on the brink of annexing Belarus, in yet another example of his country’s dangerously expansionist goals. A top Russian analyst has said that the Russian government is currently making plans to take over the country and that, if successful, it will have “enormous strategic implications” for NATO and Western countries.
And it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Putin has never been particularly quiet about his sadness over the disintegration of the Soviet empire, and throughout his time as president has overseen annexations of various former Soviet countries. Hundreds of thousands of Russian military personnel currently man the border between Russia and Ukraine, as rumors circulate that Putin is preparing to go to war with the country.
In 2014, Russia annexed Crimea, and Belarus looks like it will be next.
Brian Whitmore wrote in a piece published by the Atlantic Council that the arrival of a veteran diplomat Yevgeny Lukyanov to the Moscow government as the new ambassador to minks indicated that the Russian government is planning something. He described how Lukyanov has years of experience in the finance and banking industries and has previously worked as an executive at VTB and Dresdner Bank. He is also said to have been a former foreign intelligence officer for the KGB.
In the piece, Whitmore suggests that the appointment of Lukyanov will assist the Russian government in the takeover of Belarus’ key industries if the country is annexed.
It all comes as Moscow increases the intensity of discussions with Belarus about the building of a new terminal in a north-western Russian port named Ust-Luga, which will assist with the exportation of fertilizer from Belarus.
Whitmore also noted how the Belarus economy is already reliant on imports of subsidized Russian oil, fertilizer, and petroleum – and that Belarus leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka has long resisted demands from Russia that he export products through Russia to maintain the country’s independence.
Big things are happening in Russia, and the United States doesn’t have a president willing to do much about it…