Putin Withdraws Russian Troops From Belarus Border After Uneventful Lukashenko Meeting
Tue, 09/15/2020 – 09:45
We noted that during Monday’s much anticipated meeting between embattled Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Putin in Sochi, the Russian leader appeared unmoved by Lukashenko’s urging that the two countries prepare their armies to “resist” the external threat of NATO forces.
Though Putin announced a $1.5 billion loan to Belarus, he made it clear that the smaller Russian neighbor which was formerly part of the Soviet Union would have to solve its own problems internally and in a “calm manner”.
Underscoring that Kremlin focus appears to be moving away from any level of direct intervention, it has ordered national guard troops and police away from the border.
Russian troops are returning from the border with Belarus to their bases after…