In Moscow all eyes are on Belarus. Russia and Belarus are intimately connected, so political actors in Russia feel an immediate connection with developments there.
In formal terms the two countries form a “union state” and an economic and defence community. Belarus is Moscow’s closest ally and a linchpin for Russian neighbourhood policy. For two decades Russia has funded and subsidised Belarus’s state and economy. This has become a high price for a complicated relationship, as President Alexander Lukashenka consistently – and successfully – spurns Russian attempts to deepen integration. Heading a joint state in Moscow had been raised as …read more
Source:: German Institute for International and Security Affairs