Russia to appreciate Lukashenka’s not participating in EaP summit in Brussels – expert

A recent spy scandal between Ukraine and Belarus might have been one of the episodes of the information support to Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s refusal to take part in the Eastern Partnership summit on November in Brussels.

Such opinion was viewed by analyst and chief editor of Arche magazine Valer Bulhakau in Belsat TV show Talk of The Day on Tuesday.

According to him, there is a certain political price of Lukashenka’s non-participation in such events. His ignoring the EaP summit will be highly appreciated by the Russian side, the analyst said. It will also create a ‘new space for the game’.

As reported earlier, Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makey will head the Belarusian delegation at the upcoming summit.

“As an experienced politician, Lukashenka tended to think that non-participation would result in more, not fewer ‘dividends’ than a visit to Europe’s political capital,” says Bulhakau.

The expert stresses that even the Belarus-Ukraine spy scandal was served as Lukashenka’s turning from Europe to Russia.

UA: Ukrainian Radio employee Pavlo Sharoiko was arrested in Minsk in late October. According to Belarus KGB spokesman DzmitryPabyarzhyn, Sharoiko, an officer of Ukraine’s military intelligence, worked undercover as a radio correspondent and created a spy network of the citizens of Belarus.

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