Disgraced Belarusian ideologists attempt to restore their influence on Russo-Belarusian relations
Pro-Kremlin analysts specializing in the Belarusian-Russian relations have launched a public discussion to find a way out of the Belarusian-Russian integration deadlock. Simultaneously, disgraced Belarusian ideologists of the "Russian world" are attempting to disrupt the normalization between Minsk and western capitals by discrediting Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, who, according to them, is the architect of the western policy in Belarus. The Kremlin’s information attack aims to launch a public discussion in Belarus about her future developmental choice in order to deepen the split in the Belarusian power elite and reinforce positions of Eurasian integration supporters. Apparently, the discussion about the possible successor is likely to prompt President Lukashenka to pay more attention to the Russo-Belarusian agenda.
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.