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Germany? NATO token box ticker, nothing more
Hungary? NATO? Barely, and only when it suits it.
Greece? More interested in picking fights with Turkey
Balkan States - :rofl:

All of whom are UK allies thanks to the Washington Treaty. Meanwhile, further non-EU encouragement:

'A U.S. delegation pledged Tuesday to move forward with helping to boost business and investment between Serbia and Kosovo after the former war foes agreed at the White House this month to work together to normalize economic relations.

'American officials visited Serbia’s capital of Belgrade after traveling to Kosovo on Monday, in what is seen as a sign of growing U.S. interest in Europe’s tense southeastern Balkan region. The U.S. delegation brought together representatives from the Serbian and Kosovar business chambers and met top government officials later Tuesday.

“What we did in Washington seems big and it is big,” Richard Grenell, U.S. President Donald Trump’s special envoy for talks between Serbia and Kosovo, said at a news conference held at the American ambassador’s residence in Belgrade. “We are not finished. That symbolism is important, but it’s all about job creation.”

'U.S. and Serbian officials also inaugurated the opening of a regional office in Belgrade of the International Development Finance Corporation. Chief Executive Adam Boehler said projects worth “billions of dollars” were under evaluation.

“The opening of the office today is not symbolic. It’s an office that will stand, that will be permanent,” Boehler said, hailing a “new era of U.S.-Serbian relationship."

They're not telling you what's going on not far over the other side of the border.

Erm... yes.

Nice to see they can get at least one aircraft up.
. . . just luvvin' the c/s . . .

From memory, that's a pretty standard Buff c/s; and it's not as if they'd use 'Doolittle' (albeit that he was never a SAC Commander).
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War Hero
Looks like for some people, red stars on the fin just never went out of fashion.

Echoes of the greed, corruption and self-interest of many of the Polish-Lithuanian Magnates (the nobility with the greatest estates) who abused the “Liberum Veto” in the “Sejm” (parliamentary assembly) of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the 18th Century and paved the way for partitions. Attempts at reform came too late. The EU must learn from this.
It won’t though
The protesters have lost momentum and the initiative

Well, if they had (a position I disagree with), they appear to have found it again.

'The inauguration of Alexander Lukashenko on Wednesday morning appears to have changed the mood of both Belarus's demonstrators and the security forces.

'In the capital Minsk protesters were more confrontational, blocking roads and at times chasing the police vehicles away. In response, water cannon was used and masked riot police used tactics that haven't been seen since the violent days immediately after the disputed election in August. Video posted to Telegram channels shows batons being used on crowds and both men and women with bloody injuries to their heads. During his inaugural address, Mr Lukashenko spoke as if the protests that followed the election were over. That's clearly not the case.


'On Wednesday evening, protesters marched to the centre of Minsk, some wearing fake crowns to mock the inauguration. One placard read: "The king has no clothes!"


'Despite the crackdown, anti-government protests show no signs of diminishing. On Sunday, a crowd of about 100,000 people staged another rally in the capital, demanding that Mr Lukashenko step down.'

Coordination of sanctions may be taking place between the US, UK and Canada:

The United States, Britain and Canada plan to impose sanctions on Belarusian individuals following what they view as a rigged election on Aug. 9 and violence against peaceful protesters since, six sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Four of the sources, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity, said the U.S., British and Canadian sanctions could come as early as on Friday, though they warned that this could slip given the challenge of coordinating among three nations.

The UK has already made their position clear:

“Given Lukashenko’s fraudulent inauguration, I have directed the FCDO (foreign office) sanctions team to prepare Magnitsky sanctions for those responsible for the serious human rights violations,” Raab told parliament.

“We are coordinating with the United States and Canada to prepare appropriate listings as a matter of urgency.”

Raab said the “whole range of potential individuals” was under considerations for sanctions, but did not give any names.

The EU, whilst unable to agree on sanctions, is looking at diverting some of the millions of Euro's in aid:

The EU, a large financial donor to Belarus, also said it was “reviewing its relations” with the country, meaning the bloc would seek to cut off direct funding to Lukashenko’s government, channelling it to aid groups and hospitals instead.

Before the election, the EU had committed to spend 135 million euros on projects in Belarus and has also pledged 53 million euros for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada and the UK have imposed sanctions on Lukashenko and seven others.
Canada, U.K. impose sanctions on president of Belarus and 7 others
Canada and the United Kingdom have imposed sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, his son and six other senior government officials following the disputed presidential election and a crackdown on protesters in Belarus.

This is apparently a coordinated response by the two countries.
U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Tuesday that the sanctions were introduced as part of a co-ordinated approach with Canada "in a bid to uphold democratic values and put pressure on those responsible for repression."

(...) "Today, the U.K. and Canada have sent a clear message by imposing sanctions against Lukashenko's violent and fraudulent regime. We don't accept the results of this rigged election," Raab said in a statement.

"We will hold those responsible for the thuggery deployed against the Belarusian people to account, and we will stand up for our values of democracy and human rights."

Dominic Raab and François-Philippe Champagne also made a joint announcement with respect to the Armenia - Azerbaijan situation today. It's not clear whether that and this action were decided during the same meeting.
Despite the shift in eastern news focus to the Caucasus, the issue of the disputed election in Belarus hasn't gone away.

'Tens of thousands of people marched through the centre of the Belarusian capital Minsk on Sunday to demand that authorities free political prisoners, prompting police to turn water cannon on them.

'The march crowned a series of rallies in Belarus since an Aug. 9 election in which President Alexander Lukashenko claimed a landslide victory. His opponents say it was rigged to hand him a sixth term in power.

'The crowd, waving white flags with a red stripe, marched to the beat of drums towards detention centres where political prisoners were believed to be held, according to pictures and videos posted on social media.

'Belarusian police have used water cannon mounted on armoured police vehicles to disperse protesters and detained scores of protesters. Armed policemen in black helmets holding batons cordoned off streets in central Minsk.

'Mobile internet in Minsk was down from around midday and telegram channels, the main means of communication and distribution of photos and videos from the protests, asked residents of Minsk to unlock their Wi-Fi networks if protesters march nearby.'

Anti-Lukashenko protests continue in Belarus and more public figures are getting involved:


Moscow is slowly asserting itself in Belarus, Russian troop numbers (ostensibly temporary, but being rotated and replaced continuously) are increasing as are references mentioning the "Union State of Russia and Belarus".
Anti-Lukashenko protests continue in Belarus and more public figures are getting involved:


Moscow is slowly asserting itself in Belarus, Russian troop numbers (ostensibly temporary, but being rotated and replaced continuously) are increasing as are references mentioning the "Union State of Russia and Belarus".

Shall we pause a moment?

Alena Leuchanka:


Jolly good :)
Showing the impetus hasn't gone away.

'More than 100,000 people marched in Belarus’ capital on Sunday to protest against the country’s authoritarian leader, who won his sixth term in office in an election widely seen as rigged.

'The demonstrators demanded the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko, and freedom for political prisoners. Police used water cannons in an attempt to disperse the crowds, but the protesters remained undeterred.

'One video from the rally showed a group of protesters approaching a water cannon vehicle, opening a hatch on its side and removing pieces from inside the vehicle. Media reports say the water cannon malfunctioned after that and drove away.

'The Viasna human rights center said that about 120,000 took part in a rally on Sunday.'


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