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Presidents of Russia and Belarus & nbsp; Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko are trying to outwit each other, said in an article on the website Glavred Ukrainian military expert Oleg Zhdanov. He came to this conclusion after recent negotiations between Moscow and Minsk, during which Lukashenko demanded preferential conditions for the acquisition of Russian weapons, in particular the S-400 air defense system. In addition, the Belarusian leader postpones the integration of the two countries and stresses that the implementation of 28 programs requires a period until 2027.
Zhdanov himself considers the S-400 project a “ failure & # 39; & # 39; and stresses that after no one wants to buy them from Turkey and China. Russia is reportedly imposing an “ expensive toy“ on Belarus, which has reportedly not been possible to use effectively in Syria either.
However, Moscow is determined to get Minsk to make a commodity loan. Lukashenko is asking Russia for money for social benefits and the economy, and Russia is trying to “push” whatever it wants in response. But Lukashenko himself is not as simple as it seems. “Lukashenko is playing emir and a donkey with Putin – he is waiting for either a donkey or an emir to die. All Lukashenko's actions after 2014 are & nbsp; exclusively within this game, “notes the expert.
Zhdanov concluded that Lukashenko was trying to extend the agreements with Putin because he could leave the presidency in the future, but talks with Russia's new head will have to begin again and the Belarusian president intends to push for more favorable terms.