Minsk and Astana attempt to coordinate their actions vis-à-vis Kremlin
At an informal meeting, the Kazakh and Belarusian presidents discussed a range of issues related to last week’s talks that involved the Customs Union, Ukraine, and EU.
Ukraine’s European integration enables official Minsk and Astana to balance the Kremlin’s influence and strengthen their positions in the Eurasian integration process. Both leaders are concerned about statements made by the Russian authorities, and about the escalating conflict in eastern Ukraine. In the future, they might attempt to coordinate their policies in order to mitigate the pressure from Moscow.
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.