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Russia’s plan for integrating Belarus was published today (on 20 February). It may without exaggeration be called a programme for the annihilation of our country. The Kremlin is putting into practice a project that will destroy Belarusian independence, and Aleksander Lukashenka’s regime is doing nothing to resist it. On the contrary, it is creating the best possible conditions for the desired result to be achieved.
The Russia-produced plan was apparently leaked to the Yahoo News editorial board by a source in Vladimir Putin’s presidential administration. Yahoo News in turn shared the document with several media outlets. It is impossible to confirm the authenticity of the document; however, in the words of the Director of the Belarusian Investigative Center Stanislau Ivashkevich, the journalist who acquired this material “has an untarnished reputation in international investigative circles.”
The plan now in the hands of the mass media is more like an analytical document that forms the basis for the Kremlin’s strategy for swallowing Belarus. This does not change the essence of the document’s message: fulfilling the measures it sets out aims at the creation of a “fully-fledged Union state by 2030”.
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Belarus must either lose its independence completely or at least have it seriously curtailed. The plan’s authors state this openly, without equivocation.
The document is dated 2021. This is not by chance. In striving to retain power after the events of 2020, the Belarusian regime has found itself totally dependent on Russia. This may have moved the Kremlin to draw up a plan to swallow our country. Provided the plan is not a fake, it must mean that Aleksandr Lukashenka has consciously made a move towards destroying Belarusian statehood in exchange for Russian political and economic support. As a result 28 “union programmes” for increased integration were confirmed in November 2021.
The plan sets out short-term, medium-term and long-term prospects in the political, economic and humanitarian spheres. Some of its provisions have already been put into practice or are present in the wording of the “union programmes” that Lukashenka and Putin have already discussed.
A significant number of Russia’s short-term aims set out in the document have already been reached. As the Kremlin has noted, several joint Belarusian-Russian military exercises are being held.
One of these joint exercises ended in February 2022 with the Russian army’s invasion of Ukraine from Belarusian territory. Newly mobilised Russian recruits are undergoing training in our country with the participation of serving Belarusian soldiers, before being sent to the Ukrainian front. Because of the sanctions imposed on the regime, Belarusian goods are now being rerouted from the Baltic ports to Russian ports, roaming between Belarus and the Russian Federation has been discontinued. The agreement on mutual recognition of visas has been ratified. All these points are present in this recently published document.
The document mentions other aims that are also important for the Russian Federation, including “curtailing the influence of nat…