Why is the Kremlin simulating that it is changing the constitution of Russia because of Belarus?
Russian President Vladimir Putin has begun reforming the constitution because of the refusal of President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko to create an allied Russian-Belarusian state. The news reported Bloomberg, citing sources close to the Kremlin.
Putin has long demonstrated ambitions to put his dictatorship under Belarus. However, in recent years, Lukashenko has opposed the unification of the two countries. When he was invited to work in Moscow, he firmly told Putin that he would not participate in such a plot against his country. Therefore, the claim that Belarus is the cause of the proposed constitutional amendments seems more like a propaganda suggestion. Putin has announced that he is initiating a series of constitutional amendments to democratize governance, giving parliament and the prime minister more power, and giving people a stronger voice. According to well-known analysts, the purpose of these changes is first and foremost to guarantee Putin’s lifelong power even after he left office in 2024.