Belarus TV Guest Hits Back After Being Told Country Is 'Part of Russia'

A Russian State TV guest was corrected by a Belarus guest in a tense moment that has now gone viral on social media.

Dmitry Sablin, the deputy chairman of the Defense Committee, gave a monologue about where he feels Russia is currently in its war with Ukraine before speaking about Belarus.

The video so far has more than 200,000 views and The Daily Beast's Julia Davis said it showed the mood is grim in Russia.

"Tonight on Russian State TV: The mood is grim, look at their faces," she wrote as a caption.

"Dmitry Sablin, deputy chairman of the Defense Committee, admits that Russia desperately needs 'to stop and regroup' and is experiencing all sorts of shortages, compared to Ukraine that has it all, and then some."

During his speech, Sablin insisted it was not a war between Russia and Ukraine but between Russia and the West.

He also complained that Ukraine is getting military support and aide from multiple nations while Russia has no allies and needed to regroup to continue.

Following his speech, Russian State TV host Vladimir Solovyov said: "A small correction: You said we have no allies, but we do have Belarus."

Sablin hit back, while smiling: "Belarus is a part of Russia."

Belarus TV host guest Vadim Gigin interrupted and sternly said: "No Belarus is an independent nation, it's a republic."

Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously hinted that Russia and Belarus could eventually become unified, however.

During a speech in early July, Putin said it was the West's actions that were making unification more likely.

"Unprecedented political and sanctions pressure from the collective West is pushing Russia and Belarus to speed up the unification process," Putin told a bilateral forum in the Belarusian city of Grodno on July 1.

"After all, it is easier to minimize the damage from illegal sanctions, it is easier to master the production of demanded products, develop new competencies and expand cooperation with friendly countries."

In 1997, Belarus and Russia signed a treaty that sought to mend relations that disintegrated following the collapse of the Soviet Union six years earlier. Talks of possible unification between Russia and its ally Belarus gained momentum in late 2020.

This came when Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was supported financially and politically by Putin amid protests that broke out after allegations of voter fraud during the country's presidential election.

Newsweek has contacted Belarus and Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment.

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Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko speaks during an exclusive interview with Agence France-Presse (AFP) at his residence, the Independence Palace, in the capital Minsk on July 21, 2022. Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during the meeting marking the 220th Anniversary of the Ministry of Justice, at the Grand Kremlin Palace, September 20, 2022, in Moscow, Russia. Alexander Nemenov and/Getty