Belarus denies plans to establish Russian air base

On 6 October 2015 President of Belarus – a nominal Russian ally – Alexander Lukashenko publicly denied reports about the plans to establish a Russian military air base in Belarus. He also expressed anger at the Russian officials who made statements about such plans.

This statement is another instance of Lukahenko’s attempts at balancing between staying a formal ally of Russia and avoiding too much Russian control over Belarus. Lukashenko stepped up this balancing after the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2014.

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