Belarusian president relies on personal contacts with other heads of state to revive economic relations
At the opening of the Belarusian-Egyptian Business Forum in Cairo, President Lukashenka talked about the competitive advantages of Belarus; in addition, during his visit to Khartoum, he declared Belarus’ readiness to participate in the exploration and production of oil and gas in Sudan. Using his personal contacts, the president aims to diversify Belarusian exports to countries with similar political regimes. Apparently, President Lukashenka hopes for a breakthrough in bilateral trade thanks to close relations with senior management of third countries, following the example of Belarusian-Venezuelan relations during the President Hugo Chavez's government. The Belarusian authorities continue the search for partners in developing countries to compensate for the economic relations with Russia, which suffer from chronic contradictions.
During searches of social and "green" activists and anarchists, law enforcement has seized computers, mobile phones and publications. The authorities have also exerted additional pressure on supporters of unauthorized street protests and independent lawyers, who represented defendants in the White Legion case. The security services have stepped up the persecution of opponents before the street protests announced by the opposition. Apparently, the Belarusian authorities aspire that participants in street protests would reduce in number and that the low interest of the population to socio-political agenda before the local election campaign would retain.