Belarusian exports to fall by USD 200 million in Q4 due to maintenance works at Belaruskali
Due to maintenance works in the mining departments of Belaruskali, the production of potash will reduce by 60,000 tons. Belaruskali exports 90% of its products, and a decrease in production means a reduction in export sales worth circa USD 200 million and a decrease in industrial production indices in the chemical industry. In addition, rail freight volumes would reduce too, as well as wages at the enterprise. Reduced exports to foreign markets will affect the market price on potash fertilizers in connection with devaluation processes in countries - main consumers of these products.
The Belarusian authorities regard the Catholic conference as yet another international event to promote Minsk as a global negotiating platform. Minsk’s proposal to organise a meeting between the Roman-Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church is rather an image-making undertaking than a serious intention. However, the authorities could somewhat extend the opportunities for the Roman-Catholic Church in Belarus due to developing contacts with the Catholic world.
Minsk is attempting to lay out a mosaic from various international religious, political and sportive events to shape a positive image of Belarus for promoting the Helsinki 2.0 idea.
Belarus’ invitation to the head of the Holy See for a meeting with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church should be regarded as a continuation of her foreign policy efforts in shaping Minsk’s peacekeeping image and enhancing Belarus’ international weight. The Belarusian authorities are aware that their initiative is unlikely to find supporters among the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. In Russia, isolationist sentiments prevail.
In addition, for domestic audiences, the authorities make up for the lack of tangible economic growth with demonstrations of growth in Minsk’s authority at international level through providing a platform for religious, sportive and other dialogues.