The president of belarusAlexandr Lukashenko, Moscow’s main ally in the military campaign in Ukrainearrived this Saturday at Russiajust five days after meeting his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Minsk.
The Belarusian president will visit today the Russian Cosmonaut Preparation Center, where representatives of Belarus are trained, and will participate in an informal meeting of the leaders of former Soviet countries, scheduled for December 26 and 27 in Saint Petersburg, according to official sources. Belarusian.
Lukashenko’s arrival in Russia, where he has already been seven times this year, comes just five days after his meeting with Putin in the Belarusian capital amid fears of a more direct involvement of Minsk in the “operation special military” Russian in Ukraine.
According to Lukashenko, 2022 is the most “intense” year in Belarusian-Russian relations due to the number of contacts between the two parties.
“The outgoing year has set records for the number and intensity of contacts at all levels, which is justified by the rapid changes in the world,” said the Belarusian leader.
According to the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW), in the meeting between Putin and Lukashenko on December 19, the Russian leader was possibly unable to convince his Belarusian counterpart to become more involved in the Russian campaign.
At the same time, Ukrainian sources, who now see no signs of early participation of the Belarusians in the fighting, assure that this danger remains and the joint Russian-Belarusian group is training, among other areas, in places close to the border with Ukraine.
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