Uralkali changes strategy on the potash market
Uralkali’s management announced plans to decrease the potash production in 2014 from 12 to 11 million tons.
Prices on potash are anticipated to go up; price-dumping practices, which were used on some markets to secure large contracts, will discontinue; both, Belaruskali and Uralkali will reduce their capacity utilisation; gain in production and chemical industry industrial production index will contract. The parties will continue negotiations on joint actions on the market, but their reconciliation is no longer possible due to different approaches to the vision of further collaboration.
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.