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MOSCOW, September 24. /ITAR-TASS/. In the current international situation, aggravated by the crisis in Ukraine, Belarus has been trying to play the role of a bridge between the West and Russia, hoping to derive some benefits for itself in the process, political scientists say. The West’s attitude to Belarus and its leader, Alexander Lukashenko, who just recently was often referred to as “the last dictator in Europe” is obviously changing for the better. All parties pursue their own interests, so Russia should stay calm about it, bearing in mind the geopolitical importance of Belarus.
A delegation from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will arrive in Belarus soon to look into the situation in the country’s economy.
The relations between the West and Belarus have entered a phase of warming not just because Minsk has offered to host negotiations on settling the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, the daily believes. Quite obvious are the attempts by the West to shake loose the economic bonds inside the Eurasian Economic Union.
Belarus will now be balancing between Russia and the West, the way Ukraine has been doing for a long while, says Konstantin Zatulin, director of the CIS Studies Institute, .
“In the East it will be talking about brotherly bonds and getting oil and gas at a discount in exchange. And in the West Belarus will present itself as an independent country and a safeguard against encroaches by Russia,” Argumenty i Fakty quotes Zatulin as saying.
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