Monday, 12 September 2016

Belarus: a new East-West struggle?

It is unlike the EU's parliamentary briefings to be so politically outspoken, but this is very direct about the prospects for, and democracy in, Belarus. Because Russia, to which Belarus has hitherto been so tightly bound, has been suffering from Western sanctions the Brussels and Strasbourg wonks assert that dictator Lukashenko is turning to the West for economic salvation. Clearly the EU will have nothing to do with him, and there is no hope for him if Putin buddy Trump wins the US presidency. I sincerely hope that both Mrs Clinton and Mrs May resist his overtures also, but our history with regard to Albania, Romania and Tito's Yugoslavia is not reassuring.

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