“During his visit to Russia, the Belarusian President is likely to make a number of important statements about the future relations between Russia and Belarus,” Marat Bashirov, a Russian political analyst, wrote in his Telegram channel. “For example, when coming to Moscow, Alexander Lukashenko might make a statement about integration with Russia.”
Not so long ago it became known that Alexander Lukashenko was going to visit Vladimir Putin, his Russian counterpart, again. According to the Kremlin's press service, during a recent phone call the two presidents agreed to hold a face-to-face meeting in Moscow. “It was agreed that in the coming weeks, Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin would meet in Moscow,” the Kremlin's press service says.
In addition, it added that during a recent conversation, the presidents confirmed their mutual goal to continue strengthening the allied relations and to expand mutually beneficial cooperation in a wide range of spheres. At the same time, as noted by Dmitry Peskov, the Press Secretary for the Russian President, specific dates of the meeting were not defined yet. They are to be discussed further. He only said that the presidents had agreed to hold this meeting in the near future.
Certainly, against the backdrop of continuing protests in Belarus itself and constant talks about Russia's possible assistance to the neighboring country by force and other means, there are numerous gossips about what steps the Belarusian president is likely to take in the future in order to stay in power and, finally, to secure guaranteed support from Moscow. And it looks like the guarantees of this kind might come with a price tag.
For example, Marat Bashirov, a Russian political analyst, believes that Lukashenko is going to the Russian capital in order to make some important statements about the relations of Russia and Belarus. According to him, chances are they will be related to the issue of unification of the two countries. As it is commonly believed, Moscow has been trying to achieve it for quite some time, but it is still largely on paper.
“During his visit to Russia, the Belarusian President is going to make a number of important statements about the future relations between Russia and Belarus,” Bashirov wrote in his Telegram channel. “For example, while in Moscow, Alexander Lukashenko might make a statement about integration with Russia.”
Bashirov made this conclusion on the background of an increasing number of telephone conversations between two presidents against the background of the most serious local political crisis in Belarus.
In fact, over the past two weeks Putin and Lukashenko have already had six phone conversations, while Moscow has not yet taken any real steps to support the incumbent Belarusian regime. According to many experts, this might mean that the Kremlin is trying to force Alexander Lukashenko to move much farther towards a unification, which he has skillfully avoided in recent years.