Pawns in a chilling power sport: MARK ALMOND on the global drama unfolding in Eastern Europe 


For a lot of this month the eyes of the world have been centered on Glasgow, the place world leaders have been wrestling with local weather change.

Meanwhile, 2000 miles away, and with a lot much less fanfare, one other global drama has been unfolding.

The gathering of hundreds of would-be immigrants to the EU on the border between Eastern Europe’s final dictatorship, Belarus, and Poland is creating a disaster that, if mishandled, might have penalties each bit as grave as these debated at Cop26 – however far sooner. Yesterday, the temperature rose additional when Russian paratroopers began touchdown in Belarus – simply 20 miles from the Polish border. This was the Kremlin exhibiting its backing for its solely ally in Europe.

On paper it doesn’t look too alarming. Yes, the considered Russian troops mobilising will at all times immediate a chill in the West, a legacy of the dangerous previous days of the Cold War. But for many of us, Belarus is…

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