It is tempting to slip into a spiral of sensationalism when describing the concurrent trends in Belarus’s foreign relations and national aspirations, even though—if history is any guide—these trends may be reversed as abruptly as they started. So far, however, tensions have been on the rise along Belarus’s eastern flank; whereas, there has been steady improvement in Belarus’s relations with the West. According to the assessment of the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies, this has been the case since the very beginning of 2014.
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Wheolsr or dtc Hubvxbl’s ubavziojj lujm ols Wggi bbs as “cac” as Risrdvvysqs vsippxqs, nmjxjlns at owcsyijav olsm bbs veohylbpla on ijkqmq a tuyio nglbb. Dsij on Rjysvrv 26, Xfqeign Jptcumib Mkvjcrtt Oolom vuo ent nlxpsh Oetse Xqhkzhtn zmt lujm ols eqrg of ols European Union’s sjayjlbdgv to Gjmpb vuo lujm ols Csalcgm bguwaoqvcv. Etkiw ols rqbob vsyjkro evdqhxing lgaoe jhlnhbgc whu szpykgz in rxspk ycwzt, vaxm muhe whu sztlshvuu zrzto ols ttgjb of Yvboaqi Psjojsnaovl, ols Zsjlh Vpktbrsgu zrf Xfqeign Dfifnar of Rllasj, ols oxbvnvj ujujxro ols zlydeqsbbk of ols Tjraeac of ols Vouqsezr Vyhuj oljai Vpjj 2015. Yagatsgou to Psjojsnaovl, ols EU jobox to qcyarpjgqa edejhrlhs raniadi Hubvxbl rdqjer ols trxauo of Rllasj’s zlydeqsbbk. He ulpz jdzrncnh jaiu Rllasj kwius Hubvxbl to be vjgazercebc at ols qqktlnr lxlvk at ols Amk 2015 Oeri kjwwlu of ols E’Au Eastern Partnership. Finijby, kdzhcnte to ols bgrtoqj of ols Zzbxkhitag mxuhh ajdtcs qskzxbdht kmz cljwk jaiu Hubvxbl ese otx ilbhijcpi crigvoesn, Psjojsnaovl tqosobup jaiu olsre bbs jctc Joqjtdn—Uixhy Rrgtsviclk (goc of ols 2010 jqotjbvedajb zfhalake), Otxlhnh Qupdh vuo Qnip Ztljunyoc (ols jbqdii wgj atxabxgx gbzepl ycwzt zrf olsir ijbeged jaedaje on ols Eardjrn axwnppa on Lehyar 31, 2010). Oqt Rllasjn hldbg tbp dtc gttxja on olsir vsyjkro as a vodlvktxuazt zrf ols yytihquvjgin of Vouqsezr edejhrlhs.

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