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Reports are emerging that Operatives have hijacked a Ryan Air flight from Athens to Vilnius in Belarussian Airspace, forcing it to land in Minsk. The aircraft was carrying the journalist Roman Protasevich.


 
Reports are emerging that Operatives have hijacked a Ryan Air flight from Athens to Vilnius in Belarussian Airspace, forcing it to land in Minsk. The aircraft was carrying the journalist Roman Protasevich.


There are multiple accounts of what happened from mainstream news sources. Some of them are explicitly saying that Internet rumours that the plane was hijacked are either unsubstantiated or even untrue.

The most common version seems to be that the plane was passing through Belarusian air space and was ordered to land in Minsk by air traffic controllers.

Top tip, if you are evading arrest in particular country, don't fly into their sovereign air space.
 
Well, in regard of the above posts, Moscow's recent actions vis-a-vis landing rights of airlines avoiding Belarusian airspace show it to be supportive of Belarusian air piracy. To be expected really.

Another product of the Muscovite Mindset has been revealed in an investigation of attempts to sow disinformation and discord regarding certain western SARS-COV-2 (Covid-19) vaccines:
 
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A Foreign Policy article outlining that more needs to be done to support central and eastern Europe to counter Moscow's expansionist strategies in the region:
The Three Seas Initiative seems to be a modern reworking of Pilsudski's Intermarium Project of a century ago, which had the same aims. Plus ca change.
 
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A Foreign Policy article outlining that more needs to be done to support central and eastern Europe to counter Moscow's expansionist strategies in the region:
The Three Seas Initiative seems to be a modern reworking of Pilsudski's Intermarium Project of a century ago, which had the same aims. Plus ca change.
Wyrzucim wroga z Pomorza
Zabłyśnie wolności kwiat!
Polska od morza do morza
Spojrzy radośnie na świat!
Lwów powita znów synów swych
Ze wszystkich świata stron...
Wrócą Lwowskie Orlęta
Zabrzmi radości dzwon
It is the text of the march used by Polish 6th tank unit under British command during WW2.
We will throw the enemy out of Pomerania
Let's shine the flower of freedom!
Poland from sea to sea [from Baltic sea to the Black sea]
Will look joyfully at the world!
Lvov will welcome its sons again
From all over the world ...
Lvov Eaglets will return
The bell of joy will sound
 
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So what?

I don't think the Ukrainians are worried about Polish revanchism. That hatchet is well and truly buried despite Moscow's attempts at digging it up.

A united, free and sovereign Ukraine and a united, free and sovereign Belarus are very much in the Polish interest.

Not so much in Moscow's interest though.
 
Like Balkanians ever need anyone to encourage them.
 
More corruption allegations about Putin from Navalny's organisation (Russian video with English subtitles):

Further explained here in a Foreign Policy article:
 
More corruption allegations about Putin from Navalny's organisation (Russian video with English subtitles):

Further explained here in a Foreign Policy article:
Alas, it is relatively weak anti-Putin video. The majority of the Russians would not be impressed. In short, Putin's close friend billionaire Kovalchuk build privately owned luxury residence in central Russia and the state pays for it about $4mln per year. Really it is change for such a vast property that includes dozens buildings.
Of course in return mr.Kovalchuk is being given profitable state contracts. But it is another story.
The scheme is typical for corrupted Putin's regime and no one is surprised watching the video.
Btw, Maria Pevchikh lives in the UK permanently and hardly will visit Russia anytime soon.
Will the corrupted system created by Putin and his men outlive him? It looks that yes. The system is more stable that the communist one. It is based on the Power of Big Money and Big Money have big power.
 
Alas, it is relatively weak anti-Putin video. The majority of the Russians would not be impressed. In short, Putin's close friend billionaire Kovalchuk build privately owned luxury residence in central Russia and the state pays for it about $4mln per year. Really it is change for such a vast property that includes dozens buildings.
Of course in return mr.Kovalchuk is being given profitable state contracts. But it is another story.
The scheme is typical for corrupted Putin's regime and no one is surprised watching the video.
Btw, Maria Pevchikh lives in the UK permanently and hardly will visit Russia anytime soon.
Will the corrupted system created by Putin and his men outlive him? It looks that yes. The system is more stable that the communist one. It is based on the Power of Big Money and Big Money have big power.
Correct
Russians have many other things to be concerned about Putin
 

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Monday that formalises Russia’s exit from the Open Skies arms control treaty, a pact that allows unarmed surveillance flights over member countries.

Russia had hoped that Putin and his United States counterpart Joe Biden could discuss the treaty when they meet later this month at a summit in Geneva.

But the Biden administration informed Moscow in May that it would not re-enter the pact after the Trump administration quit it last year.

The Kremlin said on Monday that the US decision to withdraw from the treaty had “significantly upset the balance of interests” among the pact’s members and had compelled Russia to exit.

 
If you were a Soviet spy, learn how to use a knife and fork if going undercover:

 
If you were a Soviet spy, learn how to use a knife and fork if going undercover:

To be honest, Americans should have had similar courses before coming to the UK. ;)
 
If you were a Soviet spy, learn how to use a knife and fork if going undercover:

It might also be worth looking at some of the comments to the video on YouTube.
 

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