Developing relations with Islamabad is not a priority for Minsk

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April 22, 2016 19:20

During talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, President Lukashenka said that Belarus and Pakistan were keen to develop effective and mutually beneficial cooperation.

In Islamabad in May 2015, President Lukashenka talked about the need for a "road map" of cooperation between Belarus and Pakistan the Belarusian government however had not prepared any drafts for the visit of Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif to Minsk, but promised to do so by October 2015. Currently, official Minsk is unlikely to focus on developing trade-economic and military cooperation with Pakistan due to their modest potential in terms of exports of Belarusian goods and investment potential of Pakistani business.

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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.

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