“Today, we have a very dangerous situation in Belarus, at our northern border. Today, the army commanded by the Belarusian regime stays there. But we observe how Russia and Belarus hammer at the agreements with each other. They can include defense and then these countries can put serious pressure on us. Then Russia would get control over the Belarusian armed forces. From this side, we also observe the danger – down to a real union state between Russia and Belarus,” Zelensky noted.
However, he does not exclude other variants of military actions toward Ukraine, including operations from the sea. Particularly, the attempt of the Russian forces to establish control over the ground corridor in Crimea is one of the possible threats. In its turn, it can lead to the escalation in occupied Donbas and further blitz outside temporarily occupied territories, up to administrative borders of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
On May 28, in Sochi, the talks of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian head of state Alexander Lukashenko took place. Lukashenko complained about Western pressure. He brought documents that allegedly clarify the story of the landing of the Ryanair plane.
For his part, Putin recalled the situation with the forced landing of the plane of Bolivian President Evo Morales in Vienna in the summer of 2013.
On May 23, the founder of the largest opposition telegram channel of Belarus NEXTA, journalist Roman Pratasevich, was detained in Minsk. The plane with Roman Protasevich on board flew from Athens to Vilnius. Suddenly, the plane gave a distress signal, changed course, and made an emergency landing at the Minsk National Airport. The emergency landing was caused by a mining signal.
Head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen threatened with sanctions the Belarusian officials responsible for the incident with the plane.