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The president of Belarus is more beholden to Putin than ever. That could influence the Kremlin’s calculus on Ukraine.

By Paul Sonne, Isabelle Khurshudyan

02 Feb 2022 · 6 min read

When Russia last invaded Ukraine, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko cast himself as a neutral mediator.

He refrained from recognizing Crimea as Russian territory, declined to join Moscow in a trade war against the West and convened the warring parties in Minsk to broker peace accords that bear the Belarusian capital's name.

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