A passenger plane is being lowered to another country in order to arrest a well-known opposition journalist. It is a strange and unique event, both frightening and exciting.
Today’s meeting in Russia Subtropical in Sochi, between two men in authoritarian attire, it might not be as dramatic, but it might be just as important.
Under the long years of dictator Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus played the role of the priest’s little crow. Lukashenko has slipped here and there, between relying on authoritarian Vladimir Putin and flirting with the European Union and the United States.
With Russia Belarus already enjoys close official economic, political and military relations, and a number of different “chapters” are negotiated to bring the countries together into a union. Before every meeting between Lukashenko and Putin, there is wild speculation about whether this will be the day Russia swallows up Belarus.
But Alexander Lukashenko several times trampled on the situation and did not completely abandon the independence of the country. Instead, it has sometimes turned its face toward the West and has sought to invest, facilitate visas, and collaborate.
This is the geopolitical situation Drama today. Where will the border between the European Union bloc and NATO on one side go and Putin’s Russia on the other hand, and where will Belarus end?
After undemocratic elections in Belarus in August last year, mass demonstrations, massive arrests, torture, deaths and now a passenger plane captured in clouds over Minsk, it must be said that the flirtation with the European Union and the United States is still over.
The only person who now seems to be able to stand patiently waiting for Alexander Lukashenko is Russia and Vladimir Putin.