Belarusian leaders frequently come to Russia, fearing for access to the Russian market.
The Belarusian leader has met in Sochi with Russian Prime Minister. The meeting was held in an informal setting, where Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Dmitry Medvedev spoke about Belarus and Russia working together to overcome the negative economic trends.
The meeting took place after a telephone conversation between the head of Belarus and Russia, which took place on January 28.
A day later, on January 29, in St. Petersburg, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev met with his Belarusian counterpart Andrei Kabyakou.
Economist Alyaksandr Sinkevich expained what is expected from frequent visits of Lukashenka to the east:
“The main hope of Minsk is not loans. Here the situation is clear — it is not happening. The main hope now is to keep the access to the Russian market.”