Consumer prices grow slowly and inevitably
In order to eliminate the disparity in food prices between Russia and Belarus, the government is planning to raise prices by 5-10% every month. Mass-scale devaluation in terms of open borders within the Customs Union resulted in decreasing real incomes and also in vanishing of goods from shelves.
The Ministry of Economy has increased the price of natural gas and heating tariffs by 10% for some categories of consumers (hospitals, kindergartens, etc.) that pay for energy at the same rate as the population.
Selling prices for a number of socially important goods: bread, bread, milk, yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese, etc have been increased by 5%.
In order to eliminate the disparity in food prices between Russia and Belarus, the government is planning to raise prices by 5-10% every month. However in the current circumstances it could result in higher inflation and money growth. Therefore, the large-scale devaluation in terms of open borders within the Customs Union resulted in decreasing real incomes and also in vanishing of goods from the shelves. Belarus has no solutions how to fight against the mass-scale export of goods to Russia bearing open borders in mind.
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.