Don’t ignore Moscow’s silent takeover of Minsk.

Belarus will hold military mobilization exercises from June 22 to July 16, Belarussian state media reported on May 30. The exercises will be held in Belarus’s Gomel region, in the southeast of the country near Ukraine. “Events of this kind are traditionally held to increase the combat and mobilization readiness of military commissariats, and improve military knowledge and practical skills of those liable for military service,” said Andrey Krivonosov, military commissar of the Gomel region.

Belarus is one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest allies. With the recent tensions between Russia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Belarus has been bracing itself for potential war with NATO.

Read more at “Will Belarus Invade Ukraine?”

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