Policy Memos

Russia's Belarus Dilemma

Policy Memo:

182

Publication Date:

12-2000

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Description:

Russia’s Belarus dilemma can be formulated as two questions. Should Moscow continue the process of political integration with Belarus--which necessarily entails interaction with and support of the regime of President Aleksandr Lukashenko--in order to enjoy certain geopolitical, security and economic dividends? Or, should Moscow gradually give up the current bilateral “special relationship,” which depletes Russia’s financial resources, implicitly complicates the Russian-Western agenda, and threatens to bring negative effects for future relations between the two countries should the opposition one day come to power in Belarus? [...]

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Director,The EU Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia Programme
Finnish Institute of International Affairs