As January 2016 drew to a close, news pertaining to Belarus’s relations with its two large neighbors—Russia and Europe—again overshadowed any developments emanating from the Eastern European country itself. First, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) issued its report on Belarus’s recent presidential elections, and every outlet of the Belarusian media has responded. Second, Russia’s attention to Belarus’s rapprochement with the West and problems within the Eurasian Economic Union commanded attention in Belarus itself.
The OSCE’s document assessing the October 11, 2015, presidential elections contains critical remarks as well as thirteen high-priority and seventeen additional recommendations. Among some …read more
Source: The Jamestown Foundation