Putin’s allies tease secret meeting that ‘could destroy’ America

(Photo by YURI KOCHETKOV/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

(Photo by YURI KOCHETKOV/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir McKay said on Monday that he had attended a series of secret meetings with European and US leaders. United Nations General Assembly last week.

“They were meetings between Europeans and Americans. They asked us to keep the conversation confidential, according to the Belarusian state news agency Berta.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Belarusa key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin Russia goes to war with Ukraine, declined to elaborate on the content of the meeting. McKay only vaguely hinted at the idea that it would hurt America if the contents of the meeting were made public.

“Belarus has probably reached a point where information about the talks… could destroy even a superpower like the United States,” McKay said.

The mysterious meeting came just after a series of Russian defeats on the Ukrainian battlefields, allowing Ukrainian forces to push back Russian forces from key areas in the south and northeast. Some of Russia’s major international trading partners, including China and India, have continued to follow this deadlocked approach. blame moscow Because of the way Putin has waged war.

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and but Belarus Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has long been an ally of Putin and has long held a string of volatile ties with other countries on the world stage.

Belarus has a “coalition” partnership with Russia, in which the two countries are working to entangle their own forces, trade, etc., allowing Russian forces to launch attacks on Ukraine from Belarusian territory. However, Lukashenko has expressed his aversion to war, complaining that it has been delayed in recent months. A diplomat who previously served in Belarus told the Daily Beast.

After the mysterious meeting, Lukashenko traveled to Russia to meet with Putin on Monday. There, he and Putin lash out at Europeans for the way their governments treat Russia and Belarus.

“If Europe ends the ruckus, we’ll have to stop and think. I’m not talking about the other side of the ocean,” Lukashenko said, noting that he’s concerned about Europe, not countries like the United States. alluded to Bertha“I have already told the people of Europe three times that their future lies with us and with Russia, which has everything they need.”

“I will not allow anyone to be looked down upon. Neither Belarus nor Russia, which are huge countries,” added Lukashenko.

Putin called on Europeans to “respect” Russia and Belarus.

It is not clear what the Americans and Europeans discussed with the Belarusian foreign minister, whether it could be very damaging and whether it affected Monday’s conversation with Putin. The State Department did not immediately return requests for comment.

McKay’s conversation about the informal meeting could be an effort to show on the world stage that Belarus has ties with other countries besides Russia and that they still maintain influence. Ken Yarowitz, former U.S. ambassador to Belarus, told the Daily Beast.

“Belarus is now really in Putin’s pocket…but Lukashenko, believe it or not, can be seen and seen as a complete Russian puppet, a complete Russian puppet I don’t like it,” Yarowitz said. Lukashenko said, “I don’t want to be fully in the Russian camp.”

“This is a signal that Belarus is looking for a little more room,” Yarowitz said.

At other meetings, Belarusian envoys discussed bilateral relations and global security, McKay said.

“We discussed our bilateral relations and ways to strengthen global security in a completely friendly and constructive way. In fact, it was a conversation with friends and partners,” McKay said. I was.

it was makay schedule Hold bilateral meetings with diplomats from Europe, Latin America and Southeast Asia.

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