Myasnikovich’s economic revival program not to be fully implemented
At the Presidium of the Council of Ministers meeting, Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich identified Belarus’ key priorities for the economy in 2014: balanced economic growth and efficiency.
The Belarusian authorities aspire to stabilize the economy ahead of the 2015 presidential campaign through a series of unpopular measures. President Lukashenko does not want to be associated with such decisions and shifts the responsibility for their adoption and implementation to the government. However, the measures announced by Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich, aiming to improve the Belarus’ economy, cannot be implemented in full because they threaten the existing socio-economic model.
Nevertheless, persistence and consistency might help the government to achieve some success and somewhat improve the economic situation, which means softer social policies right before the 2015 presidential elections.
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.