Autor: Arkady Moshes, Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Nº: 2/2017 (28 February)
- The annexation of Crimea in 2014 aroused concern in Belarus, which feared for its sovereignty in the face of an increasingly interventionist Russia.
- Despite Lukashenko’s continuing authoritarianism, the EU decided to lift sanctions against his regime, expecting to facilitate a more pro-Western and less pro-Russian geopolitical orientation.
- However, it would be premature to talk about Belarus’s “balancing act” between Russia and the West, since that country is still unable to overcome their excessive dependence on Moscow.