Alexander Lukashenko. Photo: Kremlin Pool / Global Look Press / www.globallookpress.com
The northern neighbor plays only the role of a resource for the head of the republic, the expert is sure
Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko does not want a final divorce from the West, and therefore does not seek to deploy Russian military bases on the territory of the republic. The corresponding opinion was expressed by political scientist Andrei Suzdaltsev.
According to the analyst, the president aims to complete the integration process with the Russian Federation on favorable terms for himself, as well as to receive “big compensation” for his loyalty. The emergence of a Russian military base will become a point of no return – this means a final alliance with the Russian Federation and a complete severing of ties with the West, which Lukashenka does not want at all.
Russia, on the other hand, plays exclusively the role of a resource for Minsk: it is access to finance, gas, markets and technologies. Suzdaltsev has no doubts that the Kremlin is well aware of the peculiarities of Lukashenka’s approach, and therefore does not intend to share military technologies.
The political scientist recalled the fate of the only S-300, which was once at the disposal of Belarus: after his victory in the presidential elections in 1995, Lukashenka sold it to the Americans. Belarus is still supplying goods of double importance to Ukraine, including fuel.
Sooner or later, the expert noted, the technologies transferred to the Belarusian side will flow to the States, China or Ukraine. For Lukashenka himself, this is not a tragedy at all – all flows coming from Russia can not be paid for, but resold.
“This has already become a tradition,” Suzdaltsev said.
Earlier, Lukashenko said that Minsk expects to receive Russian-made equipment, indicating that the matter concerns dozens of helicopters and airplanes. The leader said that Belarus “really needs” the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, and pointed out that Moscow, “maybe”, will even transfer them to Belarus.
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