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The “milk war” has passed by Sukhum and Tskhinval2009-06-11 14:04
The prime ministers and heads of MFA of Russia and Belarus have recently come to an understanding. Moscow assured its allied partner that it is not pressing towards the recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and does not associate the matter with the ban on the Belarusian products; as to the credit for Minsk, it will be allowed out of the newly-created anti-crisis EurAsEC fund.
Starting off for the EurAsEC interstate meeting held in Moscow, Prime Minister of Belarus Segey Sidorsky asked his fellow countrymen "to cease the disputes over the dairy products supplies" and get to the duly settlement of the issues raised by Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights. The previous angry statements of the head of state Alexander Lukashenko replaced by Sodorski's amicable attitude turned out to be beneficial for both countries.
Since the beginning of June, "the old man" kept boiling over the actions of its allied partner. First he stated that Moscow was blackmailing him by pressing him upon the recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in exchange for 500 mln dollars, the last tranche of the already extended two-billion credit.
However, according to Prime-TASS, Minister of Finance of Russia Alexey Kudrin denied Belarus only the rouble credit to the amount of 100 billion. As to extending a dollar credit, which Belarus needs for replenishing its gold and currency reserves, Russia was going to continue negotiating the matter.
As to recognizing the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, it was only Speaker of State Duma Boris Gryzlov who has been officially pressing the Belarusians. In the middle of May, he visited Sukhum. "In my opinion, Belarus is taking too much time to settle the issue. I understand that no one has the right to press upon his partner; however, the recognition was never settled despite the expiration of the term fixed for April", - the parliamentarian said, reminding of the promise given earlier by Lukashenko.
All of a sudden, Lukashenko make an intimidating statement: should Moscow involve Belarus, "we will get a second Chechnya, at best". He took the criticism of the Russian Minister of Finance very much to heart; the minister hastily called Belarus' sovereignty a heavy burden for the country, as long as "it is incurring much greater expense than the Russian regions, being an independent region itself". However, in the opinion of Alexander Grigorievitch, it is not up to Kudrin to decide on what Belarus should spend its money. According to Lukashenko, the minister "has consolidated with our thugs (as he called the radical opposition in a fit of temper - Ed.) who are yapping and teaching us to work, being backed by the Western money".