It is important to strengthen the integration of Russia and Belarus at a time when the West has unleashed an all-out sanctions war against them. This was announced on April 12 by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Earlier, on April 2, Russian Ambassador to Belarus Boris Gryzlov said that Western sanctions would not bring Moscow and Minsk to their knees. According to him, industrial cooperation is developing between the countries, economic cooperation is expanding, states are only becoming stronger.
A number of countries are imposing new sanctions against the Russian Federation and Belarus in response to the military operation carried out by Russia since February 24 to protect the civilian population of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR). It was preceded by an aggravation of the situation in the region, an appeal by the leadership of the DPR and LPR to the Russian Federation with a request for help, and the subsequent recognition by Russia of the independence of the Donbass republics.
The Ukrainian authorities have been conducting a military operation against the residents of Donbass, who refused to recognize the results of the coup d’etat in Ukraine, since 2014.