Liquefied petroleum gas prices for households rise
Economy Ministry of Belarus raised the price of liquefied gas sold to the population in bottles by 23%. Moreover, as of 1 August the retail prices of liquefied petroleum gas sold at petrol stations will increase by 24%.
This is the second time the gas price is being increased this year: in April it was increased by 35%.
The government started raising gas prices, which is inevitable, given increased purchase price of gas and the devaluation. The first ones to face the increased price for gas were vacationers, residents of villages (who use liquefied petroleum gas) and motorists. The following price increase will affect the rest of the population, as before the heating season starts the authorities need to raise gas, electricity and heating prices.
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.