Belarus increasingly torn between Russia and the West
Sunday’s presidential election in Belarus passed off without a repeat of the violent repression seen five years ago. As a result the EU has suspended, for 4 months, sanctions against President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime. Recently Lukashenko has been opening up to the West, which is highly anxious that he should not allow Russia to set up an airbase in the country.
But does Belarus really have any choice but to host the airbase? Its teetering economy remains heavily dependent on Russian capital and cheap energy, as Gulliver Cragg reports.
The Russian side is grateful to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko for his decision to go to Russia as the visit after the presidential election, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Alexander Surikov said in an interview with the STV channel, BelTA has learned.
“We are grateful for this decision,” the Ambassador said.