In Astana, the talks between Belarus and Kazakhstan Alexander Lukashenko and Nursultan Nazarbayev. The three-day visit of the Belarusian leader in Kazakhstan against the background of a severe economic crisis that goes to Belarus.
Alexander Lukashenko, referring to the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, referred to the December events in Minsk:
"I could not come to a man who in times of trouble has always supported the people of Belarus. And in those days of December you the first of the leaders of the countries supported by our people. Times were tense. "
Present in Astana, the chairman of "Belneftekhim" Igor Zhilin Belarus has confirmed interest in oil and gas supplies from Kazakhstan. But analysts agree that an agreement on the supply of energy resources bypassing Russia is not necessary. Kazakh political Dosim Satlaev notes that the official Minsk fail to agree on any credits, nor the Kazakh oil.
"You can hardly expect a massive support Kazakhstan Belarus in various areas. He himself Kazakhstan has recently emerged from the crisis and managed to recruit a large number of loans. I do not think that Kazakhstan has the financial capacity to provide financial support for Belarus.
As to the supply of oil, then without Russia is, of course, hard to do. Therefore, in any case, unlikely that these supplies would be rapid and in sufficient quantities to meet the needs of the Belarusian economy. "
Mr. Satlaev not exclude the possibility that, given the current tensions between Moscow and Minsk, the Belarusian side is counting on mediation Nazarbayev. That is Lukashenko "hopes to support Kazakhstan on certain issues in the negotiations with Russia."
Belarusian head of state met all the rules of the protocol provided for official visits. In ceremonies involving the military honor guard, the car Lukashenko accompanies honorary procession of motorcyclists. A meanwhile Minsk — continued devaluation and rising prices. Political scientist Alexander Klaskouski notes that the visit to Kazakhstan does not solve the pressing economic issues:
"The impression is emerging that the official Belarusian leader is likely to have used an excuse that came to hand, just physically out of the country at a time when officially announced the devaluation. That is to say, as if to distance himself. In fact, of course, the devaluation — this is a painful blow to the image of the official head of his sacred 500 dollars salary, from which now only half remain and soon, perhaps, one will be dust. "
Mr. Klaskouski notes that in the framework of the Customs Union Nazarabaev rather playing to Moscow, where "more comfortable on the principle of two to one, further squeezed Minsk in certain matters." Today in Minsk from a representative of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry made a statement that the Customs Union can impose sanctions in response to the trade restrictions to one of the participants. According to the analyst Dosim Satlaeva, there is also the official Minsk hopes are vain:
"I doubt that this idea will support Moscow and Astana. After all, it is unprofitable for Belarus to spoil relations with the EU and the U.S.. Then, they are increasingly considering the Customs Union as an economic project, not a political one. Therefore, most likely, they will not take part in political friction between Minsk and the EU. In this case, such a statement is unlikely to correspond to reality, since Russia and Kazakhstan, such a project would be disadvantageous either politically or economically. "