Economic insolvency is pushing towards Belarusian Army reform
At a meeting with the Security Council Secretary, Lukashenko requested to conduct spot inspections in the Armed Forces.
Similar practices were introduced in Russia in 2013 and would become common, as President Putin said, during the preparations for the Belarusian-Russian ‘West- 2013’ military exercises. Belarus’ growing dependence on Russia in the military sphere forces her to follow the trends in the Russian armed forces. In addition, a spot inspection in the Armed Forces will allow the Belarusian authorities to identify the most important elements in the defence system, which require modernization as a matter of priority and redistribution of dwindling public funds accordingly.
When the inspection is completed, President Lukashenko will take the final decision about how to reform the Belarusian Army. Most likely, priority will be given to air defence systems, Air Force, and special operations forces.
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.