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Belarus, Russia and NATO: bringing Russia to NATO’s eastern flank
The ANU Centre for European Studies' seminar on the implications of recent events in Belarus
In August 2020, Alexander Lukashenka, the long-standing president of Belarus, lost the election to Svyatlana Tsikanaouska, the wife of a presidential candidate who had been jailed for satirical attacks on the incumbent. Despite this, Lukashenka claimed victory. Huge crowds turned out in Minsk and other cities to demand that the falsified result be set aside. Lukashenka and his regime brutally suppressed these protests but demands for his removal remain.
In this seminar, the panellists will discuss the adequacy of the response from the international community and consider the security implications for NATO and Ukraine.