The Russian-Belarusian Zapad-2017 exercises, scheduled for 14–20 September, have for many months been the core of an information war between Russia and NATO.
The energy sector is an essential area in Russian-Belarusian relations.
On 7 February, an order from the head of the Russian Federal Security Service came into force, establishing a border security zone along the border with Belarus.
Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka boycotted the summit of leaders of countries belonging to EaEU and CSTO, which was held in St. Petersburg on 26 December.
The Russian narrative on Belarus changed in 2014, when Russian expert circles and the government elite essentially redefined
Russia and Belarus had been unable to reach an agreement concerning co-operation in the oil sector. On 10 October a compromise was reached.
The economic crisis in Russia is affecting the uncompetitive post-Soviet economies which are dependent on Moscow.
The continuing conflict in Ukraine has raised concerns among Russia’s key partners in the CIS area.
Russian air policing in Belarus confirms the lack of balance in military relations between Moscow and Minsk.
The Customs Union summit revealed crisis of the Russian project of integration instead of success, which is so desired by the Kremlin before EaP summit in Vilnius