“In recent years Russia has heard many sweet words from Lukashenko. Now is the time to learn what his words mean in practice,” political scientist Yevgeny Minchenko told the VZGLYAD newspaper, commenting on the statement of the President of Belarus that “Russians and Belarusians have become brothers again“. “This is the rhetoric with which Lukashenko won the presidential election in 1994. He lived within this rhetoric until 2005, and then began to withdraw from Russia, emphasizing the topic of independence of Belarus. As a result, he came to the point where he actually accused Moscow of hybrid aggression,” said Yevgeny Minchenko, president of “Minchenko consulting” communications holding.