Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka says Russia has no intention of "swallowing" Belarus but added that further integration between the two countries is a "must. The huge country has no intentions to swallow Belarus," Lukashenka said at a televised press conference in Minsk on March 1. Lukashenka added "98 percent of Belarusians would vote against becoming part of Russia. Speaking to reporters and members of public organizations on March 1, Lukashenka said major issues between the two nations still need to be resolved before there can be further talk of integration. He [President Putin] tells me that it surely must be the ruble. I answer: 'Of course it will be the ruble.
The “Union State” Agreement Between Russia and Belarus
In Europe, the Kremlin considers Ukraine and Belarus to be of paramount strategic importance. For the past 27 years, it has tried to encroach on them and turn them into vassal states. Just like Ukraine, Belarus is of great importance to Russia, including in political and economic respects, as its economy and foreign policy are closely tied to Russia.
Please refresh the page and retry. A Soviet sex school for training female spies in the art of seduction sounds like the stuff of fiction: something that Ian Fleming would have rejected as too implausible before going back to writing about exploding pens and lethal bowler hats. In the playwright and screenwriter Yuri Krotkov defected to the West and later revealed that he had been tasked by the KGB with seeking out attractive young women who could be used to seduce men. She was the most crucial cog in the plot to compromise the French ambassador to Moscow, Maurice Dejean, to whom she was introduced by Krotkov in O ne day after a picnic she stoked poor Dejean to boiling point by stopping the car to take an impromptu swim in a roadside pond in just her underwear. O nce Dejean had gone, Lora sat celebrating with her colleagues, half-naked and proudly showing off her bruises. The KGB chief General Gribanov came to congratulate her, but, with a puritanism that seems to have been surprisingly typical of the sexpionage masterminds, chided her for her immodesty. Dejean was blackmailed into spilling secrets and sending misinformation back to Paris, and did so for several years until Krotkov defected and spilled the beans. Lora, meanwhile, was rewarded with permission to live in Moscow, and eventually married one of her many lovers.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin failed to agree on closer integration between the two countries. Alexander Lukashenko is striving to negotiate the most favorable deal for his country in a bid to secure economic interests and safeguard his authority in Belarus. As Belarus is soon expected to undergo an economic collapse, it has no other choice than to either embark on radical reforms or to obtain relevant guarantees from Russia. Russian and Belarusian leaders met on December 7 in the Russian resort city of Sochi. And yet their negotiations fell flat because Putin failed to convince his Belarusian counterpart to deepen ties, an event coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Treaty on the Creation of a Union State of Russia and Belarus.