No big surprise here, but Putin is pouncing on the opportunity of Western isolation of Belarus following Alexander Lukashenko’s stolen election. The only thing missing from this picture would be a massive new investment in Belarus by BP. From AFP:
Russia on Thursday pledged unequivocal support to Belarus, offering it several billion dollars worth of oil subsidies and loans as the West moves to isolate Minsk after a controversial election.
After several hours of talks with visiting Belarussian premier, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Russia was ready to help its neighbour build a $6 billion nuclear plant and would continue to supply Minsk with subsidised oil.
“We are hoping for constructive dialogue, the deepening of mutually beneficial Russian-Belarussian cooperation,” Putin said alongside Belarussian Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich, who chose Moscow for his first foreign trip since being appointed to the post late last year.