MINSK, 22 April (BelTA) – ‘The collective West' is trying to attack the Belarus-Russia Union State from all sides, Nikolai Shchekin, Candidate of Philosophy, Head of the Sociology of Public Administration Department at the Sociology Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, told the ONT TV channel on 21 April, BelTA has learned.
“They are trying to deliver relentless blows on the Union State from almost all sides - this very ‘collective West'. Taking this into consideration, expectations [from the talks between the presidents of Belarus and Russia] are, of course, very high,” Nikolai Shchekin said.
First of all, he touched upon economic cooperation between the two countries. The political scientist noted that the governments have recently been paying much attention to it. Another important matter is the need to establish close ties between the special services, defense ministries, and in the energy sector.
“Now threats of an energy lockdown are coming from all sides. These are dangerous threats. This matter was in focus even of the so-called protesters and those who discussed elimination of the president. This will be a catastrophe of a global scale,” the expert said.