Belarus may start talks on visa-free EU travel

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Series Details 12.01.15
Publication Date 12/01/2015
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According to information EUObserver gathered from senior officials of Latvia's EU presidency, Belarus might come closer of a visa-free regime with the European Union if it releases political prisoners in time for an Eastern Partnership summit, taking place in May 2015.

It would be a breakthrough in EU-Belarus relations, which remain all-but frozen under the authoritarian regime of president Alexander Lukanshenko, who jailed scores of dissidents after his re-election in 2010.

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ESO: Background information: EU extends and updates restrictive measures against Belarus
EurActiv: Links Dossier: Visa-free travel for the EU's East: The next frontier (2012-)
EUObserver, 11.02.15: Lukashenko angling for better EU ties
EurActiv, 20.02.15: EU no longer sees Lukashenko as ‘last dictator’

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