Vladimir Putin backs Belarus airbase as Moscow reinforces geopolitical role

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin has backed the establishment of an airbase in neighbouring Belarus, the latest move by Moscow to project its military power abroad.

The 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.

The plan is not expected to face major obstacles. Continue reading