Trump adviser says he'll warn leader of Belarus about Russian threat

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U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton attends a information convention after a gathering with Moldova’s Prime Minister Maia Sandu in Chisinau, Moldova August 29, 2019. REUTERS/Vladislav Culiomza

CHISINAU (Reuters) – U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton stated on Thursday he deliberate to make use of a visit to Belarus to warn its leader, President Alexander Lukashenko, of the safety threat posed by Russia.

Bolton would be the most senior U.S. official in years to go to Belarus, a transfer that comes as Moscow and Minsk are transferring to nearer combine their nations as half of a union state venture that has fuelled fears of a quiet annexation by Moscow.

Russia views Belarus as a buffer between its western border and Europe as ties with the West have sunk to post-Cold War lows, but it surely denies there may be something untoward occurring with its union state venture and says Belarus is an in depth and valued ally.

Speaking to reporters in Moldova on Thursday, Bolton stated “…we thought that in light of the things we’ve heard from Moscow that it’s important to go to Belarus and talk about their sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Bolton made the feedback in Chisinau following talks there with Prime Minister Maia Sandu who got here to energy in June and has stated she desires to free Moldova from an oligarchic system that has dogged the nation since independence from Moscow in 1991.

“I can say on behalf of the U.S. government we wish you and the new government here all the best wishes for your anti-corruption campaign, which is extremely important for potential U.S investors…” Bolton stated.

Moldova, sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine, is one of Europe’s poorest nations. The former Soviet republic of 3.5 million folks has lengthy been on the entrance traces of geopolitical rivalry between the European Union and Russia.

Reporting by Alexander Tanas; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Toby Chopra

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