The Kremlin is pushing Belarus to merge with Russia: Lukashenko

Euractiv | Feb 14, 2020 at 3:08 PM
  • In recent months Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko has repeatedly complained that Moscow has been pressuring his country into closer integration with a view towards outright unification.
  • Belarus, an ex-Soviet state sandwiched between Russia and the European Union, has for years relied on Russia for cheap oil and loans.
  • Moscow has drastically reduced oil supplies to Minsk and last week’s Sochi talks did not lead to a breakthrough.