Putin gives go-ahead to Belarus airbase plan




 
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Putin gives go-ahead to Belarus airbase plan
 
September 19th, 2015  
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Putin gives go-ahead to Belarus airbase plan
Russian President Vladimir Putin has backed the establishment of an airbase in neighboring Belarus, the latest move by Moscow to project its military power abroad. Saturday's announcement, which comes at a time of tension with the West over Russian involvement in Ukraine and Syria, may also signal the Kremlin's interest in keeping unpredictable Belarus within its geopolitical orbit. Putin said in a statement he had agreed a government proposal to sign a deal for the military airbase and ordered defense and foreign ministry officials to start talks with Belarus.




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