Belarus, Russia sign foreign policy action plan for 2016-2017
According to the Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs, one of the most important areas of cooperation for the two countries is their interaction on the UN platform. “The common goal for Belarus and Russia on the international arena is a search for solutions to global and regional issues,” he said. Another important issue on the bilateral agenda for the Belarusian and Russian Ministries of Foreign Affairs is the foreign political support of the Eurasian integration process, said Vladimir Makei. In his words, Belarus, as the chair of the EEU in 2015, has introduced the draft resolution on granting the observer status in the UN General Assembly to the Eurasian Economic Union.
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Despite raised hopes, a full turn toward Europe seems unlikely.
Do recent events indicate that Belarus could fully turn towards Europe and pull away from Russia politically? In the last few months, a number of developments have excited observers in international media and revitalised old debates about the former Soviet country’s future. But despite positive indications, a broader view suggests that this prediction may be overly optimistic.
In the judgment of most media freedom or democracy indexes, the Eastern European country is labelled as one of the worst in Europe and in recent years Belarus has shown no tangible progress towards establishing a free media atmosphere.