All trends

Belarus-Russia relations

Belarus-Russia: cooperation diminished in intensity and trade disputes retained

July 16 – July 22

In anticipation of a new ambassador in Minsk, Belarus and Russia continue trade disputes

July 9 – July 15

Russia’s tax manoeuvre in the oil industry may affect Belarus’ budget revenues

July 2 – July 8

Belarus prepares for talks on gas pipeline transit, Russia refinances some debts of the Belarusian state industry

June 25 – July 1

Belarus counts on the Union State to enhance its political weight; Russia anticipates to use the Belarusian gas pipeline network as a lever

June 18 – June 24

The confrontation over Belarusian dairy supplies to Russia ongoing, Putin and Lukashenka set to meet

June 11 – June 17

Russia prompts her terms of trade before the Supreme State Council of the Union State; media forecast resignation of Ambassador Surikov

June 4 – June 10

Bilateral meetings between prime ministers and foreign ministers; the interim agreement on visas took effect

May 28 – June 3

“Minsk Dialogue” has prompted interest in Russia; Russia and Belarus are preparing for bilateral events

May 21 – May 27

Russia: a new government and new anti-sanctions (in anticipation of new sanctions)

May 14 – May 20

Russia: progress towards the resolution of conflicts and preparations for the EEU Summit and the Supreme State Council meeting, and a focus on pragmatic cooperation

May 7 – May 13

In preparation for summits, Minsk and Moscow gradually move to reduce the severity of conflicts

April 30 – May 6

Amid real cooperation in a ‘competitive mode’, Belarus and Russia exchange grievances through media

April 23 – April 29

Russia has ensured a monopoly on the purchase of Belarusian foodstuffs; an agreement on mutual recognition of visas could be signed at the Supreme State Council meeting

April 16 – April 22

Belarus’ stance in the Syrian crisis had no impact on bilateral relations and unresolved issues

April 16 – April 22

Russia is moving towards self-sustained development

April 2 – April 8

Solidarity with Russia over the tragedy in Kemerovo, cooperation with St. Petersburg and the search for new markets

March 26 – April 1

Russia and Belarus: temporary truce amid expectations of trouble

March 19 – March 25

Dairy conflict is preliminarily resolved; Russia’s policy towards Belarus remains unchanged

March 12 – March 18

Relations with Russia resumed a constructive course

March 5 – March 11

The president intervened in the dairy conflict with Russia

February 26 – March 4

Belarus and Russia are once again approaching the conflict zone

February 19 – February 25

Belarus and Russia keep up cooperation levels

February 12 – February 18

Belarus-Russia: cautious progress towards an agreement

February 5 – February 11

Russo-Belarusian relations developed amid the threat of enhanced sanctions against Russia

January 29 – February 4

Russia makes concessions within the Eurasian Economic Union

January 22 – January 28

Belarus-Russia: as relations improve, vain hopes grow

January 15 – January 21

The EEU Customs Code took effect

January 8 – January 14

Annual review 2017: Belarus and Russia accustomed to the “new normality”

January 1 – January 7

Belarus and Russia have put in order oil cooperation and are preparing for the Customs Code to enter into force

December 11 – December 17

Belarus and Russia are likely to reconcile most issues before the year-end

December 4 – December 10

Belarus and Russia accommodate to the “new normal”

November 27 – December 3

Minsk and Moscow have agreed on the gas issue and avoided confrontation over Belarus’ participation in the Eastern Partnership

November 20 – November 26

Minsk sides with Moscow on strategic foreign policy issues and defends its independence on practical ones

November 13 – November 19

Minsk is against the EEU integration at a faster pace and the expansion of the powers of supranational bodies

November 6 – November 12

Belarus strengthens border controls with Russia

November 6 – November 12

No conflicts or improvements in relations with Russia

October 30 – November 5