The President from Minsk is still part of the “old guard” of the country, which has been independent for 30 years. Hardly anyone is more closely allied with Putin than he is, and at the same time no country is so completely dependent on the help of its “big brother” in Moscow.
During a visit to Vladivostok – of course at the invitation of Vladimir Putin – he said: “We are not so stupid with Putin that we work with the old methods. We, I say, are establishing such a unity between two independent states that lessons will be learned from us.”
International experts, on the other hand, see the possibility of the country joining Russia as entirely possible: Especially since the 2020 presidential election, in which Lukashenko was only declared the winner through massive electoral fraud, his dependence on the Russian Federation has been evident in almost all areas. The internationally isolated country is completely dependent on Putin’s help financially and militarily.