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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Belarussian Appeals to U.S.

WASHINGTON — Alexander Milinkevich, a leading opposition figure from Belarus, urged the United States to focus more on his country, which, he said, has “not been in among U.S. priorities” recently.

Milinkevich said in Washington on Wednesday that Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko continues to make life hard for the opposition and has stepped up political arrests. But Milinkevich, who ran against Lukashenko in 2006, said he believes that the president is weaker ahead of an election slated to be held before February.

Milinkevich said the West should not isolate Minsk because he fears that doing so could drive his country into greater dependence on Russia.