Daily Memo: Belarus and Russia Get Back on Track

Moscow foreign minister expressed support for Belarus following the recent unrest.

Belarus and Russia back on track. For much of 2020, several disputes have complicated the otherwise strong relations between Russia and Belarus. But after the protests over the Belarusian election, it seems they are getting back on track. On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei met in Moscow, during which Makei said that, with Moscow’s help, Belarus had avoided a Ukraine-style color revolution “organized from the outside.” Lavrov reaffirmed Russia’s support, saying Moscow would oppose any attempt to interfere in Minsk’s affairs. Lavrov also alleged that the protests were financed from Ukraine. He claimed that about 200 “extremists” who were trained in Ukrainian camps are now in Belarus. Kyiv hasn’t yet commented on Lavrov’s accusations. Moscow is apparently using these claims to try to drive a wedge between Belarus and Ukraine and to prove that Russia is the only ally Belarus can really trust. Russia’s prime minister will visit Minsk on Thursday, and the Russian and Belarusian presidents will meet later this month. The U.S. cozies up to Cyprus. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. has decided to partially lift an arms embargo on Cyprus, waiving restrictions on the sale of […]

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