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On 12 October, the European Union announced the suspension of its sanctions against Belarus for four months.
The Belarusian government is hoping that this move will help it extend its room for manoeuvre and strengthen its position in relations with Russia.
The Belarusian opposition is currently experiencing its deepest crisis since Alyaksandr Lukashenka took power in 1994.
Nothing seems to indicate that Xi Jinping’s visit could change the model of relations existing currently in place between Belarus and China.
The reduced value of Belarus’s exports is above all due to the economic recession in Russia.
Frequent staff reshuffles have been a permanent element of Lukashenko’s politics. These changes are meant to produce an effect of “renewal”.