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Brzeziecki on Belarus’s decision to expel the EU and Polish Ambassadors

February 29, 2012 - Example Author - New Eastern Europe newsletter

Spinning with Batka

By Andrzej Brzeziecki, Editor-in-Chief

In the relations between the European Union and Belarus not much has changed for quite some time: sanctions, thaws, threats and so on. Lukashenko’s recent request for western ambassadors to leave Minsk has added just one more dizzying spin.

A request for the EU and Polish envoys to leave the country is one of the strongest decisions Lukashenko’s regime could have made. It is hard to say if this is a culmination of the diplomatic and media war between Europe and Belarus or whether we should be prepared for worse. This request was Minsk’s reaction to the new block of sanctions levelled against Belarusian officials. Without a doubt Lukashenko’s decision fits into the broader context of this regime’s policy: we have already witnessed the propaganda attacks on Poland from Belarusian TV, and before that, attacks on the independence of the Union of Poles in Belarus. 

To read the full aticle click here: https://www.neweasterneurope.eu/node/217

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