Moscow rejects Minsk blackmail

A statement passed by the Russian lawmakers supports a pronouncement by President Dmitri Medvedev in his videoblog last Sunday that Russia can find an appropriate response to anti-Russian rhetoric by Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko.

It advises Mr Lukashenko not to sour age-old proximity between the two countries or undermine the Russian-Belarusian Union State with time-serving politics ahead of the next presidential elections in his post-Soviet country.

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Russia's relations with Belarus would never be the same again and the Russian side would build contacts with Belarusian politicians other than Lukashenko.

The reaction in Minsk so far is in the form of a leaked report about plans to shut the door on the Union State, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Eurasian Economic Union and the Customs Union.

We have an opinion from the Russian analyst Dr Boris Makarenko:"This is in fact a thinly-veiled childish threat to cut a finger so as to annoy the granny. Belarus would quickly destroy its shaky well-being if it acted on threats to opt out of post-Soviet cooperation and integration processes. As for the 14-year-old Union State, Lukashenko has always kept it on paper only".


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