ArmInfo.Comparison of risks is a foreign policy radar for such small states as Armenia and Belarus. Yauheni Preiherman, the Founder and Director of the Minsk Dialogue Council on International Relations, expressed a similar opinion during the round table on the topic <Experience of Belarus.
Is it possible to survive between the West and the East? Speaking about the foreign policy strategy of the post-Soviet countries, Preiherman noted that Armenia and Belarus have joined such a big player as Russia, and are completely marching in this fairway, not having their own special positions on a number of issues.
According to the expert, such an idea of foreign policy does not work, especially in the context of what is happening in the system of international relations, when Belarus, obviously, takes positions that are not combined with the positions of Russia.
The speaker noted that in the current realities, such small states as Armenia and Belarus balance the external vector not between interests, but between risks posed by big and small players and the system of international relations. ''This is a fundamentally important thing - a comparison of risks for small states''.
At the same time, Preiherman noted that after the events in Ukraine, the hedging strategy, the focus on risk prevention, became more and more obvious. <In the internal discourse in Belarus, the importance of diversification or balance in foreign policy has become more and more important, but not in the context of the interests of other players threatening us or our dislikes in relations with Russia, but in the context of the fact that we saw that in the context of the economic crisis, in particular sanctions, dependence on one player can be deadly. This underscores the fact that the idea of risk is at the forefront,'' he said, calling inevitable the emergence of tensions and problems with a key partner, amid growing tension between Russia and the West.