New York Times: Russia-West balancing act grows ever more wobbly in Belarus


MINSK, Belarus — Western officials and the news media have for years routinely described President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko of Belarus as “the last dictator of Europe.”

So it may have been jarring for some to hear him expressing deep support for human rights, democracy and the rule of law in an address last month toa large group of United States and European lawmakers who came for a conference to Minsk, the country’s tidy, but utterly uniform, capital.

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