Russian gas unlikely to be cheaper for Belarusians – political scientist

Belarusian political scientist Ales Lahvinets has commented on the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council meeting which was in Sochi on May, 14.

According to him, at least one statement by Belarusian president Alyaksandr Lukashenka raised a smile. The latter met with the newly elected Prime Minister of Armenia Nicol Pashinyan and said: “In general, well done! You have solved the situation with dignity. Good for you!” Interestingly, on the day of the election, Lukashenka remained silet and even frightened his officials with the prospect of people’s protests.

“All the leaders who were present at at the meeting (except Pashinyan and President of Moldova) are political long-livers and authoritarian rulers. They have been in power for long, they have already achieved dominant positions in their countries. Pashinyan is expected to seek good relations with Russia. But the things he declared in Armenia are completely at odds with the steps taken by Putin, Lukashenka and Nazarbayev,” the political analyst stressed.

As reported earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Uladzimir Syamashka said at the Atomexpo forum in Sochi that Belarus would like to purchase gas at a price tied to the Russian domestic price for natural gas.

Russian gas is unlikely to be cheaper for Belarusians, Lahvinets believes.

“It is obvious that the Belarusian authorities are also want to refinance loans that Belarus has taken from Russia – in addition to cheap oil and gas,” he added.

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