Russia and Eurasia

28 January 2020

In the mid-1990s, Minsk signed several treaties and agreements with Moscow that prioritized a pro-Russian geopolitical orientation...

23 January 2020

Talks in Sochi last December confirmed that Belarusian-Russian relations have reached an impasse

12 January 2020

The Belarus–Russia talks on “deepening the integration” have been controversial and have resonated both internationally and domestically.

16 December 2019

Yuri Tsarik reflects on the negotiations held in Sochi on December 6-7

03 September 2019

Parliamentary elections are finally scheduled in Belarus.

31 July 2019

Following predictions by Russian military intelligence (GRU) that the West wants to separate Belarus from Russia and incorporate it into the Western orbit...

28 May 2019

The Russian-Ukrainian conflict of 2014 and the subsequent militarypolitical confrontation between Russia and the West marked the transition of Russia to a new strategic doctrine...

08 May 2019

Belarus adopted a new Information Security Concept (ISC) on March 18, 2019, based on a resolution from the Belarus Security Council (President.gov.by, March 18)

15 April 2019

Yury Tsarik considers how and why Belarusian-Russian relations have hit a new low

05 April 2019

March saw a shift of accents in the work of the government and media in Belarus. Excessive attention to tensions in Belarus-Russia relations in January-February was replaced by an emphasis on domestic and economic policies. However, these accents turned out to be mostly negatively colored as well.

02 April 2019

What Belarus’ new Information Security Concept says and what consequences it will have for the evolution of its political regime

04 March 2019

In February 2019, Belarusian leadership paid increased attention to the issues of information security.

04 March 2019

Belarus’s ongoing drive to cautiously normalize relations with the West has raised concerns from Russian military intelligence...

26 February 2019

Yuri Tsarik contends that relations between Russia and Belarus may have reached an “integration impasse,” but there were at least a few constructive results from February’s bilateral talks in Sochi.

22 February 2019

The Kremlin’s concerns about maintaining Belarus within its geopolitical sphere of influence have been mounting as of late

23 January 2019

Four sacks of potatoes and a piece of lard were the Christmas gifts president Lukashenko brought for his meeting with Putin on December 29.

19 November 2018

Four key scenarios for the further development of bilateral relations

16 November 2018

On November 8, 2018, the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization held a highly anticipated summit in Astana. Its agenda was determined by three major developments: deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, political struggle in Armenia and revision of Belarus-Russia relationship

17 October 2018

Numerous trade, financial and information conflicts between longtime allies Belarus and Russia came to what seems to be a very smooth resolution at bilateral summit on 12 October 2018

13 September 2018

Visitors to Minsk National Airport, the main air-hub in Belarus, might be surprised to hear public announcements in Chinese echoing through the arrivals hall.

12 September 2018

The prime minister, three vice-premiers, three ministers and the chairman of the State Military-Industrial Committee of the Republic of Belarus resigned as a result of Alexander Lukashenko’s trip to the eastern regions of the country

19 March 2018

On 5 March 2018, Siarhei Kavalchuk, publicly little known employee of the Presidential Security Service, became the Minister for Sports and Tourism

16 December 2017

Despite the President Lukashenko’s absence at the Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels, Belarus set an ambitious goal of signing a fundamental agreement with the EU already in the nearest future

28 November 2017

When a soldier died on one of its military bases, this situation again drew attention to the contradictions among the security forces of Belarus.

07 November 2017

On 27 October 2017, Russia’s Attorney General, Yuri Chaika, met his Belarusian counterpart, Vladimir Konyuk, to discuss joint measures to tackle drug trafficking in the two countries

23 October 2017

At the very first stage of planning the joint Belarus-Russia strategic drills “Zapad-2017” Minsk attempted to solve a complicated dilemma.

22 October 2017

Taking into account the coming parliamentary and the presidential elections, the Belarusian authorities are making steps to liberalize the country’s economy

16 October 2017

While the joint Russian-Belarussian military exercises Zapad 2017 ended on Sept. 20, Russia’s desire to keep the pressure on former Soviet republics continues

16 October 2017

A shake-up of Russia’s political elite, which began with the replacement of a number of regional governors, finally reached the federal level.

15 September 2017

Some positive dynamics in the Belarusian economy allowed its authorities to flirt with the country’s population and get more points preparing for the future elections. Meanwhile in its foreign policy, despite Belarus demonstrating its ally obligations for the coming military drills, it is still under the Kremlin’s pressure

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