American Press: Belarus Turns West


When Belarus ordered the first batch of American oil earlier this month, it was not just a deal, but also a loud message for Moscow that “allied” Minsk was on the path to strengthening its ties with the West, The Washington Post writes.


The article notes that all these years, President of the Republic Alexander Lukashenko opposed the Kremlin’s desire to unite the two countries, instead preferring to get cheap energy. Therefore, when the parties failed in December to agree on a new oil price at which Moscow would sell it to Minsk, Russia temporarily cut supplies.

In response, Lukashenko promised to diversify oil suppliers by purchasing black gold from Azerbaijan, Norway and Saudi Arabia, while simultaneously benefiting from the collapse of prices for this type of raw materials caused by coronavirus. Also, a batch of oil will be purchased overseas - in the United States.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who on this occasion verbally encouraged Minsk, saying that it "strengthens Belarusian sovereignty and independence." A senior official visited the capital of Belarus in early February, which was the first trip to Belarus by a senior American diplomat after Lukashenko came to power. Then, in April, the two countries officially restored diplomatic relations.

The first order for 80 tons of oil in the United States is likely to be a test of logistics capabilities. It is expected that a tanker carrying raw materials will arrive at the port of Lithuania in early June, and Poland will also act as an intermediary. If everything goes smoothly, new deliveries may follow the first purchase.

According to analysts, the transportation of oil through the Baltic neighbors may lead to an improvement in relations between Belarus and these countries in the long term

- says the Washington Post article.

But in the short term, as noted, disagreements with Russia could have consequences for Lukashenko, who is on his sixth presidential term in August. Economic Belarus’s well-being is still closely connected with Russia, and Minsk is at too much risk.

In addition, the two capitals perceive the coronavirus pandemic differently. In March, Lukashenko criticized Moscow’s decision to close the border between the two countries as a precaution, calling officials of the eastern neighbor "hot heads." In addition, the crew of the Russian First Channel was expelled from the country, making material that the local authorities did not like.
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  1. Vyacheslav Moscow 23 May 2020 22: 26
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    ... Belarus ordered the first batch of American oil earlier this month ...

    - ha, ha, ha !!! How many of these first lots have already been - and you will not remember: Iranian, Venezuelan, Norwegian, or Saudi ... But for some reason, every time the collective farmer returned to Russian oil.
  2. 123 Offline
    123 (123) 23 May 2020 23: 49
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    American Press: Belarus Turns West

    The naive American press is not aware that Lukashenko, as a hut on chicken legs, as soon as he understands that there will be no free money, turns to the forest in front, to his interlocutor ... I believe everyone knows the tale. winked
    1. Pivander Offline
      Pivander (Alex) 24 May 2020 16: 04
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      Well, you yourself said that the Americans don’t know. So, not all. laughing
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        123 (123) 24 May 2020 16: 27
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        Well, you yourself said that the Americans don’t know. So not all

        I meant that the “press” does not know who Lukashenko is. Knowledge of Russian folklore is not necessary for them. That's just Lukashenko will interact with completely different people, but they do not believe in fairy tales. The story can be sad.
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    Valentine (Valentin) 24 May 2020 07: 19
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    Russia is already tired of this chameleon with its oil scams, and he sees it perfectly, and will follow the direct path in the footsteps of Mr. Yanukovych, but Rostov is not rubber.
    1. Natan bruk Offline
      Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 24 May 2020 07: 27
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      And people do not bother to write the same nonsense about Rostov. Which Rostov? Who will do the “revolution”, to overthrow the Old Man? The people there are very politically inert, they will have a maximum in the kitchens, and only “zmagars” will be active, so they will only applaud the turn to the West.
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        Valentine (Valentin) 24 May 2020 09: 53
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        Quote: Natan Bruk
        ... and only “zmagars” are active, so they will only applaud the turn to the West.

        So it’s just that these “zmagars”, which are tens of thousands in Belarus, will bring the ten millionth country to their knees, as happened in Ukraine, and they will move to the West, which doesn’t need them at all, and if necessary, then just for the sake of confronting Russia. You look with a sober look at Ukraine, there is a civil war, almost no major industries remain, the economy is destroyed, education, health care and social affairs are nothing to say - and all this they could do in 6 years, this is incomprehensible to the mind, so tear apart your country, giving it to the Americans. But Yeltsin did exactly the same thing with Russia, surrendering all of Russia with its people to the same USA with giblets, and for 20 years now we have been pulling ourselves out of the crap we found ourselves in after that. And we, the Russians, do not want our Belarus to become our worst enemy ..... Why does not Father Butka want to unite our peoples together, live together, build his new state, everyone is afraid to lose his chair under various contrived occasions, such as enslavement of Russian Belarusians, and after all we lived before that in one great country peacefully and happily, and now we have become invaders and enemies.
        1. Natan bruk Offline
          Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 25 May 2020 12: 52
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          First you think - what do the "zmagars" want? Turning West? So if the "Old Man" decides to do so, they will only applaud him. After all, in Ukraine, it was precisely pro-Western forces who overthrew Yanukovych, and pro-Russian were quietly sitting. Indeed, in the Crimea, if it had not been for the special operation, nothing special would have happened, well, the anti-Maidan activists would have acted like they were back in the days of Meshkov, and that would have ended it. And in the Donbass, nothing would have really started if Girkin hadn’t come there with his “eagles” after the Crimea and muddied the “uprising” there. So Lukashenko is not in danger. But why he doesn’t want to unite, it’s understandable - the president and governor of the province are two different things. They lived together peacefully, yes, but everything changes, everything has a beginning and an end, and now, to live peacefully, you have to live separately, and in the way everyone wants to. Well, at least in the foreseeable future.
      2. Dear sofa expert. 25 May 2020 00: 46
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        Who will do the “revolution”, to overthrow the Old Man? The people there are very politically inert ..

        Do you really believe that the orange revolutions are carried out by the people?)
        1. Natan bruk Offline
          Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 25 May 2020 12: 58
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          Here it is necessary to look at things objectively - the bulk of the people in Belarus are inert, and the zmagars are active. What they want is a turn to the West. So why should they overthrow Lukashenko, if he does just that, they will just be completely in favor. And ordinary people will not go anywhere much, as in Russia in 1991.
  4. Igor Pavlovich (Igor Pavlovich) 24 May 2020 10: 34
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    It turns out that this method no longer works. tongue
  5. Serge Tixiy Offline
    Serge Tixiy (Serge Tixiy) 24 May 2020 11: 20
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    Belarus turns to the West

    - if this is so, then Belarus is turning to "Ukrainization" ... i.e. the transfer of tiny markets to new Western "friends", the destruction of industry, the destruction of agriculture, as a competitor to Western farmers. As a result, the degradation of state structures in the chair of Lukashenko will be driven by American and European officials, which, however, is one and the same. Citizens of Belarus will run in all directions .... One thing is good, in Belarus it is not so easy to start a civil war. But Western "friends" can do anything.
  6. Nikolay Malyugin (Nikolai Malyugin) 24 May 2020 19: 01
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    I recall the press conference of Khrushchev. They spoke about the independence of the republics of the USSR. He was asked what would happen if Ukraine joins France. Khrushchev replied that in a year Ukraine and France would be part of the USSR. I do not like reasoning "by eye".
  7. Vyacheslav Moscow 25 May 2020 15: 54
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    American press: Belarus turns to the West.

    - the collective farmer is not as stupid as the American press. To leave Russia, this means losing the means for the existence of a subsidized collective farm called Belarus. And who in the West needs the last dictator of Europe? By hook or by crook to force Russia to pay is his task for today.
    And the collective farmer will end in the same way as Ceausescu.