Fraternal Friction or Fraternal Fiction? The Gas Factor in Russian-Belarusian Relations.

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko – known for his outlandish comments – reputedly said: ‘Belarus’s unique situation lies in the fact I am indebted to no one.’1His words are not without a modicum of truth. Western Europe has little in the way of leverage over Belarus’ s unpredictable president, whose ten-year reign has seen the country shift towards greater isolation as relations with the West have soured owing – in part – to the non-democratic practices of Lukashenko, such as a clamp-down on the media and the alleged fixing of his September 2001 re-election.

By: Chloe Bruce

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