Belarus is unlikely to send its peacekeepers to Syria
Belarus is interested in building up its political importance through more active participation in resolving crisis situations in the world, including through armed peacekeeping. That said, Minsk could have major problems if it joined Russia-led peacekeeping missions. Hence, a large-scale participation of the Belarusian military in a peacekeeping operation under the aegis of Moscow is unlikely.
Some Russian officials have once again raised the issue of a possibility for the CIS states to join a quasi-peacekeeping operation in Syria under the auspices of Russia, Turkey and Iran. As before, such a proposal has caused a negative reaction in the post-Soviet space. Meanwhile, so far, an official request from Russia has not followed.
The Belarusian authorities believe, participation in peacekeeping activities is an important mechanism for increasing Belarus’ prestige and recognition on the international arena, which could be the case if she participated in operations with the mandate of the international community (eg within the UN framework or other influential regional organizations). That said, the idea of the armed participation in any operation outside Belarus is extremely unpopular in Belarusian society.
Hence, Belarus is ready to deploy only a very limited peacekeeping force. Speaking about the Syrian case, it is worth recalling that Saudi Arabia (as well as Egypt, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates) have a diametrically different stance than Russia. Turkish policy in Syria is also far from being pro-Moscow. Meanwhile, Minsk regards these states as traditional or potential major/strategic partners in the Middle East. In addition, the Belarusian authorities are interested in normalising relations with the United States. Hence, Belarus is very unlikely to join an action capable of undermining the prospects for Belarusian-American relations.
Any participation of the Belarusian military in a peacekeeping operation under the Russian aegis seems unlikely. Should Russia directly appeal to Belarus, taking into account the special nature of the Russo-Belarusian relations, the latter would have a serious problem with refusing openly. The Belarusian authorities would either try to evade the participation in the peacekeeping mission by delaying domestic procedures, or would send a symbolic contingent, for example, several officers for staff work or military doctors.
The Labour and the Tax Ministries are considering the possibility to include persons engaged in some economic activity without forming a legal entity in the social security system. When the decree No 337 comes into effect, the number of private entrepreneurs is likely to reduce due to the possibility of reducing the tax burden when switching to a tax payment as an individual. 95% of self-employed, including PE, pay insurance premiums on the basis of the minimum wage. The number of self-employed citizens is expected to increase, the number of insurance contributions to the pension system from PE will decrease, the number of citizens who will pay a fee to finance government spending will decrease by several tens. Self-employed citizens have the alternative not to pay social security fees and save resources for future pensions, which, given the gradual restriction by the state of pension requirements could be a more long-sighted option.