Most loyal officer was appointed as State Secretary of Belarusian Security Council
Major-General Stanislav Zas was appointed as the State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus. Despite the formation of the Russian-led military bloc (CSTO) and close Russo-Belarusian military integration, Zas is a supporter of greater independence for the Belarusian army. He is an asymmetrical warfare theorist, which is particularly relevant for Belarus due to rising tension in the region and the protracted conflict in eastern Ukraine. In addition, Zas is one of the most loyal officers to the Belarusian state, who has repeatedly emphasised his commitment to moderate development of the Belarusian culture. The Belarusian authorities will continue their prudent personnel policy and carefully replace senior officers in the security forces and the army with those loyal to the Belarusian state.
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.