World News: 11:52 GMT Thursday 29th August 2019. [Stock Market via SPi World News]
U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Thursday he planned to use a trip to Belarus to warn its leader, President Alexander Lukashenko, of the security threat posed by Russia. Bolton will be the most senior U.S. official in years to visit Belarus, a move that comes as Moscow and Minsk are moving to closer integrate their countries as part of a union state project 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 denies there is anything untoward going on with its union state project and says Belarus is a close and valued ally.
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