Belarus Watch Briefing. Issue #18

The European Values Center for Security Policy (Prague) and Internews Ukraine (Kyiv) prepared the eighteenth issue of the monitoring of Russian activities and influence in Belarus.

Political development

Putin welcomed Lukashenka for the sixth time in 2021 on December 28-29 in an official meeting in St. Petersburg, the highest number of official encounters the two leaders have had in one year. At the same time, in 2021 Aliaksandar Lukashenka did not meet at all with any Western country officials. Analysts believe that the Western direction of Belarusian international policy has been destroyed.

Vladimir Putin said he is satisfied with the Union State integration process. In 2021, 28 joint programs on deepening economic, political and military cooperation were signed. For now, Belarus has the second-highest number of agreements with Russia, after Ethiopia.

In terms of military cooperation, a crucial component of negotiations, parties have agreed to hold joint military exercises on Belarusian territory in February-March 2022.

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