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Belarus-West relations

2020: Belarusian officialdom and the West are enemies again

January 4 – January 10

The EU bolsters sanctions pressure on Belarus

December 14 – December 20

Belarus’ relations with the West: sanctions, the war of words and money for civil society

December 7 – December 13

West aims to increase pressure via additional sanctions

November 30 – December 6

Belarus’ relations with the West are holed below the waterline but have not completely submerged yet

November 23 – November 29

Belarus’ relations with the West hit new low

November 16 – November 22

Amid continuing protests, Belarus’ diplomatic conflict with the West escalates

November 9 – November 15

Relations with the West have further deteriorated

November 2 – November 8

Minsk resumes contacts with the West and closes the border with the EU

October 26 – November 1

Belarus attempts to reboot multifaceted foreign policy

October 19 – October 25

Communication between the Belarusian state and the EU has ceased

October 12 – October 18

Belarus-EU: the diplomatic tension deteriorates

October 5 – October 11

Sanctions have exacerbated Belarus’ relations with the West

September 28 – October 4

Political differences in Belarus’ relations with the West have deepened, so far, without practical consequences

September 21 – September 27

The confrontation between Belarus and the West has deepened

September 14 – September 20

The Belarusian leadership continues to exploit an alleged “threat from the West”

September 7 – September 13

Minsk aggravates relations with the West while the latter leaves room for dialogue

August 31 – September 6

Western states are holding back whilst following developments in Belarus closely

August 24 – August 30

So far, the West’s response to developments in Belarus has been soft

August 17 – August 23

The EU and the US react with concern regarding both the presidential elections and the subsequent crackdown on protesters

August 10 – August 16

Western countries call on Belarusian authorities to refrain from violence during elections

August 3 – August 9

Minsk persistently promotes the idea of Russian interference in the elections to the West

July 27 – August 2

Communication between Belarus and the West is gaining traction

July 20 – July 26

Elections are starting to affect relations with the West

July 13 – July 19

The West is concerned about the election situation in Belarus

July 6 – July 12

The Belarusian authorities aspire to expand cooperation with the West despite a harsh clampdown on opponents in the presidential campaign

June 29 – July 5

Minsk warns the West against interference in domestic politics

June 22 – June 28

The clampdown on Lukashenka’s rivals in the campaign has prompted a negative response in the West

June 15 – June 21

The EU is closely following the presidential campaign in Belarus

June 8 – June 14

As the presidential elections draw closer, the western policy direction is on the rise

June 1 – June 7

Long-anticipated visa facilitation process with the EU has been completed

May 25 – May 31

Belarus’ relations with the West are gradually becoming ‘normal’

May 18 – May 24

Pompeo’s visit is gaining traction

May 11 – May 17

Minsk continues to discuss energy diversification with EU states

May 4 – May 10

The European Union has put forward conditions for receiving financial assistance

April 27 – May 3

EU states show solidarity with Belarus

April 20 – April 26

Belarus’ western policy: low activity amid further spread of the coronavirus

April 13 – April 19