Will there be wider ramifications of the Belarus border crisis?

Will there be wider ramifications of the Belarus border crisis?

December 6, 2021
Luca Mazzacane
(Pavia, Italy)
Camilla Warrender
(Boston, USA)
In early July 2021, Aleksandr Lukashenko, president of Belarus, began a coldblooded campaign to strong-arm the EU into relaxing its sanctions. Those sanctions had been placed on Belarusian officials and entities for what the EU called “violence, repression, and election fraud.” Lukashenko’s 2020 “reelection” was widely seen as fraudulent, his crackdown on the popular protests that followed was brutal, and he forced down a Ryanair Flight 4978 in order to arrest leading opposition journalist Roman Protasevich who was a passenger.

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