Kremlin drawing Belarus into confrontation with NATO
Russian Air Force Commander Viktor Bondarev said that in 2015 Russia was planning to deploy a Russian regiment (24 SUs 27SM3) in Belarus permanently.
Belarus already has 4-10 Russian military fighter jets on duty to provide air defence and airspace integrity of the Union State. It is doubtful that the purpose of SUs-27SM3 in Belarus is to strengthen Belarus’ air defence system. Most likely, the Kremlin prompted Belarus to agree to stronger Russian military presence in a show of strength to NATO countries – in response to NATO’s activity in Poland and the Baltic States. Depending on NATO’s activity near the Russian and Belarusian borders, the Kremlin will continue to bolster its military presence in Belarus.
According to Belstat, in August 7,600 people were dismissed, including 4,800 civil servants. Dismissals of civil servants were due to the optimisation in the public administration by up to 30%. Some civil servants would retain their job however would lose the status of a civil servant. Vacancies on the labour market are likely to reduce in number, thanks to the optimisation, the state administration would increase wages for public servants. The payroll fund for retained employees is likely to increase and some former state employees are likely to get jobs in affiliated organizations. The optimisation of the state apparatus should complete by January 1st, 2018, and some former civil servants are likely to join the ranks of the unemployed.