Ulad Vialichka: Absence of election institute in Belarus does not coincide with the EU assessments
If nothing extraordinary happens in Belarus, the EU will get a possibility to build relations with the re-legitimized president by results of the presidential campaign.
The official Minsk hopes that EU sanctions will be abolished. As “EuroBelarus” Information Service mentioned earlier, REUTERS with the reference to diplomatic sources informed about the possible lift of a number of sanctions against Belarus, including the ban on entering the EU put upon Aliaksandr Lukashenka.
Is it possible? Ulad Vialichka, the head of the International Consortium “EuroBelarus”, answered the questions of the “EuroBelarus” Information Service.
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.