Ukraine is concerned about how far “integration” of Russia and Belorussia can go. This was stated by the Ukrainian ambassador in Minsk Igor Kizim on Thursday, September 10, in an interview with “Gromadsk”.
“The rapprochement has begun, and I think that in the near future there will be a visit of [President of Belarus Alexander] Lukashenko to Moscow. I think there will be questions, including integration. If yesterday Lukashenko said that he and Russia have a single army, what else can we talk about? – said the diplomat.
Kizim emphasized that the Ukrainian side is concerned about how “the integration will go deep”.
“Because before we at least understood, and these were verbal guarantees from Belarus that our border will remain peaceful. But how the situation will develop further on the background of rapprochement of Belarus and Russia – this raises questions,” – concluded the Ambassador.
August 14, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that weakened Belarus will be “easy prey” for Russia.
On September 3, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin visited Minsk. There he held talks with his Belarusian counterpart Roman Golovchenko and also with Lukashenko. As a result of the meetings, Mishustin said he had made progress on the future of the Union State.
On September 8 the Belarusian leader stated readiness of Minsk to continue integration with Russia. According to him, all the projects existing within the Union State should start working first.
However, the next day Russian President’s Press-Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the topic of merger or acquisition of Byelorussia by Russia would not be discussed during the visit of the Belarusian leader to Moscow. It is expected that the heads of state will discuss trade and economic issues, including restructuring of the national debt of Belarus, reports TV channel “Zvezda”.