Updated at 16:29,01-07-2020

Lukashenka defeats Putin in survey on who could lead Union State


Lukashenka defeats Putin in survey on who could lead Union State
Russian President Putin meets with his Belarusian counterpart Alyaksandr Lukashenka in Moscow, photo Alexander Nemenov/Pool/Reuters/Forum
“The Echo of Moscow” decided to hold a vote on who should lead the Union State of Russia and Belarus. Voting is conducted online as well as by phone. In all cases, a significant majority of respondents voted in favor of Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

About 2,500 people voted online. Of this number, 1,721 people believe that the Union State should be headed by Lukashenka. Only 137 people voted for Putin. More than 600 respondents were undecided.

Similar numbers were in the telephone voting. Lukashenka received support from 86 people, while Putin — of just 14 respondents.

The topic of integration and the creation of a union state under the 1999 treaty was widely discussed after the statement by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in December last year in Brest.

“I want to emphasize: Russia is ready to continue to move along the path of building the Union State, including the creation of a single emission center, a single customs, court, and a chamber of accounts in the manner prescribed by the agreement on the creation of the Union State of December 8, 1999,” said Dmitry Medvedev during the Union Council of Ministers in the city above the River Buh.

Alyaksandr Lukashenka became outraged by the statement.

“I no longer say a brotherly state, because, as they report to me, in Russia this is not perceived as such. Apparently, new people came [to power] for whom this concept is unacceptable. Well, then we will be partners,” he said, the press service of the head of state reports.

The official Minsk hopes to receive additional preferences from the Kremlin, in particular, compensation for the tax oil maneuver. As a result of changes in Russian legislation, Minsk will lose tens of billions of dollars in additional revenue to the budget until 2024, while the tax maneuver will be implemented. The parties have not yet reached an agreement in this matter.