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

For much of this month the eyes of the world have been focused on Glasgow, where world leaders have been wrestling with climate change.

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

The gathering of thousands of would-be immigrants to the EU on the border between Eastern Europe’s last dictatorship, Belarus, and Poland is creating a crisis that, if mishandled, could have consequences every bit as grave as those debated at Cop26 – but far sooner. Yesterday, the temperature rose further when Russian paratroopers started landing in Belarus – just 20 miles from the Polish border. This was the Kremlin showing its backing for its only ally in Europe.

On paper it does not look too alarming. Yes, the thought of Russian troops mobilising will always prompt a chill in the West, a legacy of the bad old days of the Cold War. But for most of us, Belarus is a remote outpost and its politics…

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