Russia and Belarus: Rhetorical Enemies, Strategic Partners

September 7, 2017

Emil Avdaliani

RussiaBelarus, cc Kremlin.ru, http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/17681

 

Summary

Both Belarus and Russia understand that they need each other strategically. Yet surprisingly, this does not preclude the two having disagreements over such vital questions as security, the military realm, and participation in the Russia-led Eurasian Union and Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Nevertheless, despite difficulties, there is a string of more powerful issues which tie the two countries together, ranging from economic links to their mutual fear of NATO encirclement. Moreover, geopolitics rooted in geography also facilitates close relations between Belarus and Russia.

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