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Media: Minsk gathered for the withdrawal from the EEU and the CSTO, and Moscow hints at the consequences
Material posted: Publication date: 05-02-2017
Relations between Russia and Belarus, which since the mid 90-ies are placed in the format of the Union state, may be in the throes of the post-Soviet history. This is due to the alleged Minsk intentions to start preparing for the exit of key integration structures in the post-Soviet space — the Eurasian economic Union (EEU) and the Organization of collective security Treaty (CSTO). However, according to Russian media, Moscow will refrain from loud statements regarding the actions of the Belarusian authorities and limited to a reminder that the new format of the political relations will entail the revision of the basic principles of cooperation in the economic sphere.

In Moscow sympathetic to the desire of the authorities of the Republic of Belarus to withdraw from the Union, CSTO and possibly the Union state of Russia and Belarus, the REGNUM news Agency reported, citing its own unnamed source in the Russian capital. In this regard, the report said, the Kremlin will refrain from loud statements. "However, all the responsible persons in Minsk it is necessary to understand that there can be independence in name only. Independence is the whole complex life of the state, ranging from politics and ideology through to Finance and the economy", — quotes Agency of his companion.

He added that Moscow will leave behind the framework of the Russian-Belarusian relations is the question to what extent the new political line of the Belarusian leadership will meet national and state interests of the inhabitants of Belarus itself. "In any event, the Belarusian people will always be considered fraternal, regardless of the policies of the Central leadership," — continued quotes.

The source of the Agency referred to the experience of "brotherly Ukraine", where, in his opinion, the change of power took place and "will happen" because of the reluctance to consider national and state interests of the overwhelming majority of the Ukrainian people-centred Union with the EAEC. "If this experience is in the steering Minsk does not teach anyone anything, Moscow would not blame the leadership of the Republic to the actions that set the Republic on the sidelines of global development," unquote.

Messages with a clear warning appeared on the background information that in February the presidents of Russia and Belarus Vladimir Putin and Alyaksandr Lukashenka may hold a meeting in Moscow. This, in particular, on 2 February, reported the newspaper "Izvestia" with reference to press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov. He noted that at the meeting, leaders will discuss energy cooperation between the two countries, after which Putin and Lukashenko will hold a regular meeting of the Supreme state Council of the Union state of Russia and Belarus.

While the exact date of the official talks, the Kremlin and the office of the permanent Committee of the Union state is not yet come. Moscow as host country, has proposed holding a February 9, but Minsk has not given its confirmation. Anyway, according to Russian media, the parties have something to discuss, given the difference in views on a fair price of gas supplied to Belarus from Russia.

2016 state enterprise of Belarus began to pay the price, which the leadership of the Republic considered fair, and considerably lower than that stipulated in the contract between Moscow and Minsk. In late January, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said that the amount of indebtedness of Belarus for Russian gas has reached $ 550 million. To make the Belarusian leadership to recognize the debt, the resulting difference, the Russian authorities have reduced oil supplies.

While in Moscow do not get tired to remind you that all fuels Minsk gets on special terms, given the degree of integration of the two partners in the Union state. Against the background of these differences, Alexander Lukashenko has repeatedly stated that Belarus will seek alternatives to Russian oil supplies. In addition, Belarus has raised the tariff for transit of hydrocarbonic raw materials from Russia through its territory.

The signals that Moscow reserves the right to respond to further "disintegration steps" of Minsk, came simultaneously with the release of the order of FSB of Russia on the establishment of the border zone on the border of the Pskov, Smolensk and Bryansk regions of the Russian Federation with the Belarusian regions. Formally, the decision is due to the creation of "necessary conditions of protection of the state border of the Russian Federation" after the authorities of the neighboring country announced a five-day visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries from January 9. In a situation when between Russia and Belarus there is a regime of free movement, who arrived without visas to Belarus, foreigners can illegally enter the territory of the Russian Federation, fear of the security forces.


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