Recently, there has been increasing talk of a possible reform in Belarus and the transit of power. Many no longer believe that the current president, Alexander Lukashenko, will remain in power for a long time. And this may adversely affect the relations between Moscow and Minsk.
The other day, on April 2, on the Day of Unity of the Peoples of Belarus and Russia, a message was published on the website of the Administration of the Belarusian leader about the need to strengthen ties between the two countries.
“It is necessary to further expand the Belarusian-Russian cooperation. We must oppose genuine integration, decisive elimination of artificial barriers and restrictions in the economy, and implementation of large-scale projects, to a serious increase in global competition, increased protectionism and isolationism, ”Lukashenka said.
It would seem that this message does not promise any major changes in cooperation between the two countries. But actually it is not. Many Belarusian politicians are just waiting for the resignation or end of the presidential term of Alexander Lukashenko to begin integration with the West. Moreover, frank statements are being made about unwillingness to contact with Moscow.
For example, the Belarusian ambassador to Moscow, Vladimir Semashko, recently blamed Russia for violating the agreement on the Eurasian Economic Union in the oil sector.
In addition, the diplomat stressed that his country allegedly experienced difficulties both with the supply of goods to the Russian market and with the coordination of prices for energy resources. Since the end of the Protocol on gas prices, Semashko expressed uncertainty that in the future it would be beneficial for Belarus.
“We want equal conditions for business entities. This is where we see the main goal of integration. That is how we understand it, ”the ambassador said.
It is people like Vladimir Semashko who will stir up the conflict between Moscow and Minsk. They will specifically talk about unprofitable cooperation with Russia at the moment when the benefit will be obvious.
It is worth recalling that they are trying to smuggle in the European sanctioning route through various channels to our country, Russia provides its neighbors with large loans and sells natural raw materials at a fairly substantial discount.
Anton Orlovsky, for the “Russian Spring”
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