Revival of Uralkali and Belaruskali cartel not yet possible
The Belarusian authorities announced the possibility of further cooperation with Uralkali, but only on the previous terms. However, the Russian party requires a majority stake in the future trader and its location outside the jurisdiction of Belarus, which will not be accepted by the Belarusian party. Differences in opinions prevent rapprochement, and until the redistribution of the potash market enters the final stage, only informal cooperation between the Belarusian and Russian producers is possible.
President Lukashenka has met with the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, who visited Minsk and the Minsk Automobile Plant. Minsk has always sought to have independent links with Russian regional elites, partially, to compensate for the Kremlin's diminishing interest in Belarus. In recent years, Belarus’ contacts with the Russian regions have been extremely intense. However, with some leaders of Russian regions, primarily heads of large republics, communication was more difficult to build. As many analysts in Minsk suggested, Minsk could regard contacts between President Lukashenka and the head of Chechnya as an additional communication channel for relieving tension in relations with the Kremlin. However, most likely, a trusting relationship with Kadyrov is a value for Minsk as such, provided Kadyrov’s broad business and political interests, and a high degree of autonomy for the Chechen leader from the Kremlin.