№107 Trading off sovereignty. The outcome of Belarus’s integration with Russia in the security and defence field Cover Image

№107 Trading off sovereignty. The outcome of Belarus’s integration with Russia in the security and defence field
№107 Trading off sovereignty. The outcome of Belarus’s integration with Russia in the security and defence field

Author(s): Anaïs Marin
Subject(s): Governance, Economic policy, International relations/trade, Developing nations, Geopolitics
Published by: Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich im. Marka Karpia
Keywords: Belarus; Russia; economy; international relations
Summary/Abstract: Although the Republic of Belarus is constitutionally designated as a neutral country1, it is in fact closely connected with Russia’s own security and defence architecture. Within the Union State of Belarus and Russia, the armed forces are integrated to an extent unequalled in the world. A legacy of the Soviet division of labour, the Belarusian defence industry complex remains structurally dependent on Russia, which is its main raw material provider, outlet for exports and intermediary on world markets.Bilateral military cooperation also builds on the perception of common threats and partly shared security interests. Hence it unfolds regardless of the disputes that sporadically sour relations between Minsk and Moscow, standing out as the main achievement of the Union State – if not the only one.

  • Page Count: 8
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • Language: English