Belarus Changing Coat of Arms – Are They Ready to Join the European Union?

  • The new coat of arms is facing the West.
  • Belarus had security talks in Munich with the US and EU.
  • There is a dispute over crude prices between Belarus and Russia.

Belarus is planning on changing its coat of arms. The official announcement has not been made, however the new changes are already circulating on Vkontakte, a Russian online social media and social networking service based in Saint Petersburg. VK is available in multiple languages, but it is predominantly used by Russian-speakers.

The old one on the left, the new one on the right. (Source: vkontakte)

According, to the news sources, the citizens of Belarus requested the change. Current Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko accepted the changes. The minister claims that the new symbol is more militarized, yet it has a more peaceful look to it.  The image of clover and flax will become more voluminous, as well as the ribbons that frame the flowers. The image of the contour of the territory of the state has been refined, it will become gold-in the tone of the sun’s rays. Images of continents will become more clear and geographically verified. The artistic solution of the ribbon with the inscription “Republic of Belarus” will be clearer.

The final approval will have to be voted on in the parliament. Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, Belarus has had the colors of the Russian flag, which are white, red and blue. The changes were made during the referendum held in Belarus in 1995.  The designer of the new coat of arms is Leonid Sinitsyn.

Upon taking a closer look, one big change, which is noticeable before the globe was facing Russia and the new design strictly faces the West, Could it be a hidden symbolism behind it? The timing of the leak of the new coat of arms coincides with the Munich meeting taken place in regards to the security measures between the US and Belarus, as well as meetings with representatives of the EU. It is plausible to suspect that Belarus has certain interests by joining the EU. At the same time it would be a paradox because they have shared border security information with Russia but are also contemplating joining the EU.

Alexander Lukashenko.

At the same time Belarus just asked Russia for discounted gas prices. If not, Lukashenko claims Belarus will be buying crude elsewhere, even if it means paying higher prices. The conflict started due to Belarus wanting a loan for the commissioning of the Belaes nuclear station.  Minsk may impose sanctions against Russia because of the disruption of the start of operation of the nuclear power plant. Originally, the Russian side was allocated a loan covering 90% of the value of the contract for construction of the station. A $10 billion credit line is open until 2035. Repayment of principal must begin after entering the plant into operation.

Another plausible scenario could be Belarus is planning to follow the steps of Ukraine. Alexander Lukashenko has been a dictator for more than a couple of decades and it is soon time for a change.

Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko is a Belarusian politician serving as President of Belarus since the office was created on 20 July 1994. Before launching his political career, Lukashenko worked as director of a collective farm and spent time with the Soviet Border Troops and the Soviet Army.

Is it possible there is a plan for an Orange Revolution similar to what happened in Ukraine? Will suddenly there be another Donbas within Belarus and covert operations by the Kremlin on their territories?

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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