Belarus Watch Briefing. Issue #20

The European Values Center for Security Policy (Prague) and Internews Ukraine (Kyiv) prepared the twentieth issue of the monitoring of Russian activities and influence in Belarus.

Recent policy developments

On the brink of military exercises in Belarus: the departure of U.S. government employees.

On January 31, 2022, the U.S. Department of State ordered the departure of family members of U.S. government employees from Belarus. The official reason for the departure is “the arbitrary enforcement of laws, the risk of detention, and unusual and concerning Russian military buildup along Belarus’ border with Ukraine”.

The US Embassy in Minsk is under pressure inside the country. The Belarusian Ministry of International Affairs demands that the U.S. fire all Belarusian citizens working at the U.S. Embassy in Minsk. Given these circumstances, it is probable that the U.S. Embassy in Minsk will close soon. It should also be noted that Julie D. Fisher, the United States Ambassador to Belarus, now works from Vilnius, Lithuania.

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