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Russia: A Showdown with Belarus?

In the last few days, relations between Russia and Belarus have sharply deteriorated. Against the background of ongoing disputes over payment for gas and tariffs for oil and gas transit, Lukashenka has issued unprecedented statements that the Kremlin has viewed as clearly hostile. Speaking to reporters last week, Lukashenka discussed the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. He said that Belarus received its independence without paying a dear price for it, unlike other countries, such as “our fraternal Ukraine,” which have to endure war.

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