A satellite state is an officially independent country that is strongly influenced or controlled by another country. Unlike puppet states, satellite states are generally internationally recognized by most countries, as most of them were already independent countries, which later came under the influence of more powerful countries. Examples of satellite states include the Warsaw Pact countries which were called Soviet satellite states, because they were influenced by the Soviet Union. Belarus is currently a satellite state of Russia.[better source needed]
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- Stephen John Stadler, Encyclopedia of Geography Terms, Themes, and Concepts (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011), p. 294
- Ari Moses (16 March 2014). "The Modern Puppet State". Washington University Political Review. Retrieved 8 March 2016.