Lukashenko has friends in Kyiv – but now faces increased pressure from Russia.It took over a month for the Ukrainian parliament to adopt a resolution on the growing wave of anti-regime protests in neighbouring Belarus. The bland statement they eventually produced on September 15, although it harshly condemned the detainment and treatment of protesters, stopped short of directly criticising President Alexander Lukashenko.
Even so, it was only adopted by a tiny margin of two votes, with two-thirds of the ruling Servant of the People party declining to support it.
The vote perfectly illustrates the ambiguous relationship between Ukraine and its northern neighbour.A …read more
Source:: Institute for War & Peace Reporting