The balance of Russian-Belarusian relations: 2000–2015 Cover Image

Итоги российско-белорусских отношений: 2000–2016
The balance of Russian-Belarusian relations: 2000–2015

Author(s): Joachim Diec
Subject(s): Economic policy, International relations/trade, Developing nations, Geopolitics
Published by: Wydawnictwo Adam Marszałek
Keywords: Russia;Belarus;EU;international relations;balance;21st century

Summary/Abstract: The essence of Russia’s relations with Belarus after the end of the 20th century boils down to a specific kind of balance. Thanks to its presence in the institutional forms of close cooperation such as the CSTO, the Union State or the Eurasian Economic Union Minsk enjoys the openness of Russian market and very low prices of im-ported resources (especially crude oil and gas). What Moscow receives in return can be classified as a sort of intangible goods: greater prestige and a „friendly he-gemonic” position in international relations. The balance of the game falls in favor of Lukashenko who takes advantage of his country’s location between the Russian Federation and the EU: Moscow is permanently blackmailed with the possibility of Minsk’s hypothetical turn toward the Western partners.

  • Issue Year: 12/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 79-91
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Russian