Lukashenka told Aleynik, promoted from deputy minister, that his job "won't be easy" -- an understatement given the problems facing Belarus. More reliant than ever on Russia economically because of Western sanctions, the government in Minsk has resisted pressure to enter the Ukraine war.
- Talk of Belarus entering the war may be Russian propaganda designed to divert Ukraine's war effort.
- The Belarusian armed forces' willingness to fight a potentially losing war is unknown.
- Belarus's offer to allow Ukrainian grain exports to cross its territory will meet with sceptism.