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Under a decree signed by President, the Russian Federation recognised the documents issued by the governments of the ‘people’s republics’.
On 7 February, an order from the head of the Russian Federal Security Service came into force, establishing a border security zone along the border with Belarus.
Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka boycotted the summit of leaders of countries belonging to EaEU and CSTO, which was held in St. Petersburg on 26 December.
The Russian narrative on Belarus changed in 2014, when Russian expert circles and the government elite essentially redefined their perception of their Belarusian ally in the context of the conflict in Ukraine and the escalation of…
Russia and Belarus had been unable to reach an agreement concerning co-operation in the oil sector. On 10 October a compromise was reached.
The conflict is likely to remain in its present, not fully frozen state, with all the negative consequences that entails for the Donbass, the rest of Ukraine, and Russia.
The economic crisis in Russia is affecting the uncompetitive post-Soviet economies which are dependent on Moscow.
We may assume that the uptick in the dynamics of the talks is due to new Russian proposals, hitherto undiscussed in public.
Electricity supplies from mainland Ukraine to Crimea were completely severed overnight on 21 and 22 November.
At the meeting in Paris, discussions began about the possible extension of the implementation of the Minsk agreements.