Kremlin helps normalising relations of Belarus with West
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that non-presence of President Lukashenka in Moscow on May 9th was not politically motivated, especially, given that Belarusian troops will take part in the Victory Day parade. Earlier, the president said that he would not be present in Moscow on the Victory Day parade on the Red Square, but would take part in some events on the eve of May 9th. Indeed, in response to Lukashenka’s refusal to attend the parade in Moscow on May 9th, relatively mild comments by the Kremlin media have followed. In Belarus, the population and opposition activists have welcomed his decision. In addition, President Lukashenka has received positive reviews in the western media as a politician, who demonstrated independence from the Kremlin. The Belarusian government is trying to anchor Minsk as a neutral negotiation platform, which has an acceptable level of autonomy from the Kremlin.
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.