Belarus Watch Briefing. Issue #9
The European Values Center for Security Policy (Prague) and Internews Ukraine (Kyiv) prepared the ninth issue of the monitoring of Russian activities and influence in Belarus.
Recent policy developments
Putin and Lukashenka met for the fourth time this year, agreeing on gas prices and the coordinated response to sanctions.
On July 13, Aliaksandr Lukashenka and Vladimir Putin met in St. Petersburg for the fourth time this year. Previous talks were held in Sochi on May 28. During the meeting, Vladimir Putin acknowledged that Belarus remains Russia’s reliable economic partner and pointed out that despite sanctions, Belarus is managing to service its loans to Russia.
According to Natallia Eismant, Lukashenka’s press secretary, after the meeting, the governments of Russia and Belarus were instructed to coordinate the response to sanctions. According to Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesperson, the parties agreed on the gas prices, and also finalised the discussions on tax and customs regulations which were previously conducted by the high-level commissions of the two countries.