An Anxious Russia Tries to Pull Belarus Closer
Dec 24, 2019 | 10:30 GMT
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- Belarus will attempt to sustain productive relations with both Russia and Europe, though doing so would most likely require it to give up preferential treatment from Russia.
- Moscow will ramp up the pressure on Minsk to accept greater military, political and economic integration.
- If Russia pushes too far, however, Belarus could perceive it as an aggressor and lean further toward the West.