MINSK, 23 February (BelTA) – Trust and high reliability of interaction between Aleksandr Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin are obvious. Aleksei Avdonin, an analyst with the Belarusian Institute of Strategic Research (BISR), made the statement in an article of the SB. Belarus Segodnya newspaper as he commented on results of the meeting of the two presidents in Sochi the day before, BelTA has learned.
In his words, such meetings offer an opportunity to take a step away from protocol events in order to discuss pressing issues in an informal setting. As a rule, protocol events are accompanied by reporters, representatives of the ministries of foreign affairs of both sides. Such meetings do not allow the heads of state to exchange opinions and raise the matters that may be misinterpreted, for instance, within the framework of Belarusian-Russian relations, the expert believes. He has no doubt that an informal meeting allows building relations of trust, determining the most important priorities for the two countries while ruling out some third persons that may affect the decision-making process.
According to Aleksei Avdonin, informal meetings are becoming a priority in conditions of modern communications and a fast life. “It is understandable that there are certain diplomatic customs that require that all the rules must be obeyed. And then there is a format that allows promptly making decisions, building effective relations between two countries and their heads of state, thus ruling out the factors that harm or slow down the implementation of joint projects. By the way, the trust and high reliability of interaction between Aleksandr Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin are obvious. All of it should send a definite signal to our opponents from the united West that says that despite all their efforts they have not managed to severe Belarus-Russia relations. It also signifies conclusive support for Lukashenko and Minsk as a whole within the framework of the integration process,” the analyst said.