Staunton, January 14 – Dmitry Kiselyov, the flamboyant host of Russia-1’s News of the Week program, said yesterday that if Belarus stops being friend with Moscow, then at some point it will “simply disappear,” the kind of bombast that may mobilize Putin’s base in Russia but that is guaranteed to drive Belarusians away from Russia as fast as possible.
The Putin regime propagandist declared that if Belarus refuses to cooperate with Russia on Russia’s terms, “Russia may lose an ally. Of course, we categorically do not want this. But if Minsk decides to exist without Russia, the future of Belarus will be ghastly” ( ).
“Russia, of course, will be weakened is that happens, but Belarus simply won’t exist. One must not have any illusions about that,” Kiselyov said.
Kiselyov’s language is all too typical of what other Kremlin loyalists are saying, and it is one of the reasons why the Belarusian Popular Front is calling on Minsk to limit the broadcast of Russian TV channels in Belarus ( , and