According to a document leaked from the Kremlin, Russia wants to gradually absorb Belarus

According to a document leaked from the Kremlin, Russia wants to gradually absorb Belarus

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Washington/Berlin/Moscow/Minsk – Russia is preparing to gradually absorb Belarus by 2030. The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and the news server Yahoo News report on this with reference to a secret document that leaked from the Kremlin and which they have at their disposal.

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The document, obtained by an international consortium of journalists, allegedly dates from 2021. It purports to be a plan for the political, economic and military infiltration of Belarus. The plan is divided into several phases – short-term until 2022, medium-term until 2025 and long-term until 2030. The completion of the long-term plan is to create a “Union State of Russia and Belarus” under Russian leadership. Both countries are already formally part of the so-called union state based on the 1999 treaty, which also creates a legal basis for further integration between the two countries.

The media that have access to the document describe the goal of the Russian plan as basically the annexation of Belarus by 2030. The 17-page document entitled Strategic Objectives of the Russian Federation and Belarus talks about limiting the influence of the West in the region and fortification against NATO.

Even after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Belarus maintained the closest relations with Russia thanks to the policies of President Alexander Lukashenko, who has led the country since 1994. However, the latest apparently rigged election in 2020 sparked protests across the country, during which thousands of people were arrested

Süddeutsche Zeitung and Yahoo News say they have spoken to experts , who confirmed the authenticity of the document. According to Yahoo News, he comes from the Kremlin's directorate for cross-border cooperation, which was created in October 2018 and, according to the server's source, was charged with designing new strategies to achieve Russian goals in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova.