The national idea of President A.Lukashenko excludes interests and values of his opponents
President A. Lukashenko has once again made his statement about the need to form the Belarusian national idea. The Belarusian ruler hopes to ensure the support for the state policy by strengthening the ideological component under the conditions of limited resources to buy population’s loyalty. The search for the national idea always gains impetus on the eve of major political campaigns. Within almost 20 years of Lukashenko’s rule the national idea has not emerged and there are no grounds to expect its emergence under the reign of Lukashenko – the personalistic regime in Belarus boils down entire nation-building to the personality of the president.
The Belarusian authorities regard the Catholic conference as yet another international event to promote Minsk as a global negotiating platform. Minsk’s proposal to organise a meeting between the Roman-Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church is rather an image-making undertaking than a serious intention. However, the authorities could somewhat extend the opportunities for the Roman-Catholic Church in Belarus due to developing contacts with the Catholic world.
Minsk is attempting to lay out a mosaic from various international religious, political and sportive events to shape a positive image of Belarus for promoting the Helsinki 2.0 idea.
Belarus’ invitation to the head of the Holy See for a meeting with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church should be regarded as a continuation of her foreign policy efforts in shaping Minsk’s peacekeeping image and enhancing Belarus’ international weight. The Belarusian authorities are aware that their initiative is unlikely to find supporters among the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. In Russia, isolationist sentiments prevail.
In addition, for domestic audiences, the authorities make up for the lack of tangible economic growth with demonstrations of growth in Minsk’s authority at international level through providing a platform for religious, sportive and other dialogues.