Vytis Jurkonis

is head of Civil Society Development and the Cooperation Division at Eastern European Studies Centre (EESC) www.eesc.lt


The EU has commenced a new, pragmatic stage of relations with Belarus: in February, Javier Solana met Alexander Lukashenka; now, the Belarusian president has been invited to a summit in Prague. Economic factors and the EU’s fear of “losing” Belarus to Moscow are likely to be the foremost reasons for the change of tack.

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