The Russian narrative on Belarus changed in 2014, when Russian expert circles and the government elite essentially redefined
Russia and Belarus had been unable to reach an agreement concerning co-operation in the oil sector. On 10 October a compromise was reached.
Despite maintaining full control over this year's electoral process, the Belarusian authorities did at the same time strive to create some semblance of liberalisation.
The Parliament of Lithuania has appealed to the government to take action to halt the construction of the Astravyets nuclear power plant in Belarus.
The Belarusian authorities have adopted a familiar tactic in order to obtain large, low-interest stabilisation loans.
Over recent months, the situation in the areas of human rights and civil liberties has not undergone the expected improvement in any of the relevant issues.