Putin did not defend his "ally" demonstratively.
Events are about to take place that will show whether Biden and Putin have reached an agreement on the Lukashenka regime problem. Each day of delay increases the cost of supporting the usurper for the Kremlin.
And there will be surprises for the dictator. It is possible to continue playing defective soldiers and even assign a firing squad to each head of the district, but this is a train that is going off the rails.
Even taking into account the "value of the Belarusian smuggling hub" for the Kremlin, it will be too expensive. Belarusian "successful businessmen," i.e. smugglers, will face surprises in the very near future that will make them super-toxic even for this specific "business".
Putin did not defend his "ally" demonstratively. This is the answer. This wasn't the case before.
Time has speeded up. Tick-tock.
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