Serhat TUNAR -TDO- Everyone knows that Russia and Belarus are two countries that are thought to have inseparable alliance relations with their close relations. Belarus' energy and economic dependence on Russia is extremely high.
However, the military base dispute between the two countries distances the two friends from each other. Believing that your sovereignty will be at risk, the Belarusian government opposes the establishment of a Russian military base in the country.
The Russian government, on the other hand, is trying to increase its influence over its important ally at the point of transition to Europe. He knows that one of the methods is to establish a military base in Belarus. However, especially since Russia's annexation of Crimea, Belarus has not adopted this idea at all. Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko opposes the establishment of a Russian base in his country. Russia, on the other hand, makes it clear that she is uncomfortable with this step.
While Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov considers Belarus's objection to the base as “an unpleasant event”, it may be a sign that the problem is much bigger than you think.
As it is known, Alexander Lukashenko is the head of Belarus since 1994. Lukashenko, the only representative who opposes the separation of Belarus from the Soviet Union, has recently been trying to improve relations with Western countries.