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The move marks a further downturn in relations with the EU which has been highly critical of his drive against his political opponents at home and has withdrawn its ambassadors from the ex-Soviet republic.

The latest opposition member to fall foul of Lukashenko’s new policy tack is Stanislav Shushkevich, the first leader of independent Belarus. He was taken off a train bound for the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, on March 18 and was told he could not leave the country.

Speaking in Moscow in an interview with Russia Today television channel, Lukashenko accused Shushkevich and other opponents of running a "fifth column" campaign against him and recommending certain Belarussian officials and organisations to the EU for sanctions.

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