All trends

Belarus-West relations

Increased sanctions pressure pushes Minsk to break through foreign policy isolation in relations with the West

September 6 – September 12

The fifth package of European sanctions is on the way, the Belarusian regime is becoming toxic even for China

August 30 – September 5

The migration crisis becomes a source of irritation for new EU countries

August 23 – August 29

The EU is preparing to strengthen sanctions due to the migration crisis, and within the political situation, the Belarusian regime is sending ambiguous signals

August 16 – August 22

Western allies synchronise sanctions pressure; Lukashenka does not rule out negotiations but rejects preconditions

August 9 – August 15

Migration tidal wave against the EU fails, US and allies plan new sanctions on the anniversary of the Belarusian protests

August 2 – August 8

As the EU formulates conditions for the lifting of sanctions, U.S. plans additional sanctions

July 26 – August 1

Burning bridges with the West

July 19 – July 25

A New Wave of Repression in Belarus Provokes Negative Reaction of the West

July 12 – July 18

Regime tries to retaliate against Western sanctions

July 5 – July 11

Escalating tensions with the West assumes new dynamics

June 28 – July 4

The EU imposes additional economic sanctions

June 21 – June 27

Western sanctions pressure increases

June 14 – June 20

Conflict with the West: no end in sight

June 7 – June 13

Conflict with EU and US continues to expand and intensify

May 31 – June 6

West: air blockade and more sanctions

May 24 – May 30

Minsk continues to exacerbate conflict with the West by raiding TUT.BY and hijacking an airliner

May 17 – May 23

All Quiet on the Western Front

May 10 – May 16

All bleak on the Western Front

May 3 – May 9

Minsk believes it has nothing to lose

April 26 – May 2

The US strengthens sanctions policy, EU prepares fourth sanctions package

April 19 – April 25

Another round of conflict with the West

April 12 – April 18

No glimmer of light in the escalating confrontation with the West

April 5 – April 11

Conflict with the US intensifies

March 29 – April 4

Minsk seeks to escalate confrontation with the US and the EU

March 22 – March 28

Conflict with the West and Tsikhanouskaya’s international activities continue, but Minsk’s communication channels remain open

March 15 – March 21

Conflict with Poland risks escalating to the broader European level

March 8 – March 14

The E.U. and U.S. coordinate action on Belarus

March 1 – March 7

New sanctions and further tension with neighbours in prospect

February 22 – February 28

Conflict with the West is Escalating

February 15 – February 21

Regime wants to normalise relations with the West with Belarus as a Russian satellite state

February 8 – February 14

State violence in Belarus remains on the agenda for Western leaders

February 1 – February 7

In the conflict with the West, Minsk makes a distinction between the EU and the USA

January 25 – January 31

Belarus-West: The Conflict Phase Continues

January 18 – January 24

Relations with the West remain strained. Minsk is preparing reciprocal sanctions

January 11 – January 17

The West continues to discuss sanctions

January 4 – January 10

2020: Belarusian officialdom and the West are enemies again

January 4 – January 10