Updated at 11:44,21-11-2017

Mediating and peacemaking efforts still bring political benefits to Belarus

Belarus in focus

Russia has asked Belarus to represent her interests in the Joint Consultative Group on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. In addition, Belarus has confirmed her readiness to become a platform for the final stage of negotiations, as well as for the final peace conference to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The Belarusian authorities seek to anchor as a regional negotiation platform and a mediator-peacemaker in the international public space, which, they believe, will enable them to dictate their terms in Belarus-EU relations. In addition, official Minsk aims to balance its foreign policy so that it ensures greater independence from the Kremlin.