Putin Warns the U.S. About Red Lines as He Puts the Squeeze on Belarus
We begin with Russian President Putin’s warnings to the U.S. not to cross red lines and his claim in an address to the Russian parliament that the CIA had tried to assassinate the dictator of Belarus who is meeting with Putin in Moscow today. With Russian troops pulling back to their bases in Crimea while leaving their equipment at the front lines, we will assess the military standoff with Ukraine following the address to the nation by its president who announced that they don’t want war with Russia but are prepared for it. David Marples, the Distinguished University Professor in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta, Canada who is the president of the North American Association of Belarusian Studies and is the author of Understanding Ukraine and Belarus, joins us to discuss the possibility that a weakened dictator in Belarus will allow Putin to deploy Russian military forces in his country further encircling Ukraine.
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