Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko, fulfilled in Sochi on Saturday to explore economic arrangements between both states.
Most fear that when Belarus gets nearer to Russia, post-Soviet liberty will erode.
Belarus heavily depends upon cheap Russian loans and energy to keep its Soviet-style market. On the other hand, the Kremlin has lately increased energy costs and reduce subsidies to the nation.
Throughout the meeting between the two nations, Putin stated he needed the two countries to”continue coming closer together” economically and socially. Russian officials also said that Minsk should take closer economic integration when it’s to gain from lower energy rates.
Back in 1997, Russia and Belarus signed a marriage agreement that envisaged close political, military and economic ties. But, they don’t form on single nation.