Putin brings ‘nuclear brief-case’ to crunch talks with Lukashenko

    Putin flanked by aide with an armoured suitcase for Lukashekno meeting

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    Vladimir Putin is flanked by an assistant wielding an armoured luggage ahead of a conference with Belarusian President Lukashekno (Picture: Reuters)

    Vladimir Putin was flanked by an assistant with an armoured ‘nuclear suitcase’ as he landed in Belarus for crunch talks with the nation’s president relating to the war in Ukraine.

    The Russian president frequently takes a trip with an armoured luggage stated to include the nuclear ‘button’, which he utilizes both as a way to frighten political leaders and as an unscripted guard to safeguard him from assassins.

    The brief-case- called ‘Cheget’- is geared up with folding sheets of armour and is wielded by a series of bodyguards who never ever leave Putin’s side.

    Although never ever far from the Russian leader, Cheget’s last public look remained in April, when it was identified at the funeral service of ultranationalist political leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, which was gone to by Putin.

    The guy accountable for bring it that day, retired FSB colonel Vadim Zimin, was discovered dead of a gunshot injury at his house in Moscow in June this year after he ‘attempted suicide’ following a criminal examination into corruption charges.

    Putin’s journey to Minsk for talks with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is his very first main go to considering that 2019– prior to the COVID pandemic and a wave of pro-democracy demonstrations in 2020 that Lukashenko squashed with strong assistance from the Kremlin.

    The Russian President has actually been taking a more public function in the war just recently as he looks for to offset his nation’s terrible losses in Ukraine, and his conference with Lukashenko has actually stired worries that Moscow is pressing its closest ally to sign up with a brand-new ground offensive in the brand-new year.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko arrive for their talks in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. (Konstantin Zavrazhin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

    Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko show up for crunch talks in Minsk relating to the war in Ukraine (Picture: AP)

    MINSK, BELARUS - DECEMBER 19: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko (R) seen during the welcoming ceremony at the Palace of Independence on December 19, 2022, in Minsk, Belarus. President Putin is having a one-day visit to Belarus to talk on military and economic cooperation. (Photo by Contributor/Getty Images)

    Putin is understood to frequently bring the nuclear brief-case with him to crucial conferences as a method to frighten political leaders (Picture: Getty)

    Russian forces utilized Belarus as a launch pad for their abortive attack on the Ukrainian capital Kyiv in February, and there has actually been joint activity occurring in between the 2 countries armed forces there for months.

    Speaking to Russian media, Kremlin representative Dmitry Peskov declared Belarus was Russia’s ‘number one ally’ however firmly insisted any talk of Moscow pushing Minsk into its ‘special military operation’ were ‘stupid and unfounded fabrications’.

    Lukashenko on the other hand worried the value of his nation’s ‘sovereignty and independence’ to state media.

    ‘I would like to emphasise this feature once again: no one, except us, governs Belarus,’ he stated in a declaration. ‘We must always proceed from the fact that we are a sovereign state and independent.’

    Although Belarus’ little army is not believed to suffice to make any major effect on the war in Ukraine, it is believed their implementation would require Kyiv to devote forces to the north which might leave it more exposed to Russian attacks in other places.

    At a federal government conference after the talks with Putin were revealed, Lukashenko all of a sudden stated that any delivering of sovereignty would be a betrayal of the Belarusian individuals.

    ‘Particularly after these massive settlements, everybody will state: “That’s it, there are no longer any authorities in Belarus, the Russians are already walking around and running the country”,’ Lukashenko stated.

    ‘I want to again underline this in particular: No one other than us runs Belarus.’

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