According to Valery Solovey, a political expert and doctor of historical sciences, in return, President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus will head the Union Parliament. However, it is not what the he expected.
The meeting between Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko near the town of Rzhev, some 250 km to the west of Moscow, was of tremendous historical significance. It was during this meeting that the Russian and Belorussian Presidents agreed to act in close coordination. Valery Solovey, a well-known political expert and doctor of historical sciences, said this in an interview with reporter Mark Feygin. According to Solovey, in return, Alexander Lukashenko will head the Union Parliament. However, it is not what the Belarusian President expected.
“I know that Lukashenko has promised Vladimir Putin to tightly integrate with Russia,” said Solovey. “Moreover, this integration implies that 95% of the national powers of the Republic of Belarus will come to the supranational level. In fact, we might see the absorption of one country by the other country, which is more powerful.
“In return, Alexander Lukashenko will become the head of the Union Parliament. However, it is not what the Belarusian President expected.
The Kremlin is well aware of the fact that Lukashenko sometimes comes up short on his promises. Therefore, it continues exerting pressure on him. It is expected that Lukashenko will win his Pyrrhic victory, after which he will entirely depend upon Russia.
“At the same time, my Western sources gave me a hint that Russia's activities in Belarus might cause huge problems for the Kremlin in the future. We can only observe what is happening. However, I believe that the Russians will not gain anything from it. There is a high probability that everything will take quite a different turn.”