Reading Lukashenko’s Belarus without illusions

Center for Eastern Studies analysts Wojciech Kononczak and Rafal Sadowski call on the EU to remain firm in its negotiations with the Alexander Lukashenko regime in Belarus, a country that is in the EU’s Eastern Partnership program and that remains heavily dependent on Russia. Lukashenko wants to parlay his role in Ukraine peace talks into concessions from Brussels on sanctions and economic aid, but the Belarusian leader has no intent of making democratic reforms and does not offer the West any added political stability in the region, Kononczak and Sadowski write in a Carnegie piece.


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