The former Prime Minister and main rival of President Viktor Yanukovych in last year’s presidential elections is effectively being tried for a political decision which ended an energy standoff with Russia, restoring the flow of natural gas to Europe in the winter of 2009.
Despite undoubtedly stern words, foreign diplomats, European Union officials and others seem to be waiting a touch too passively. After all, the same meeting of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Foreign Ministers which discussed the trial on Oct. 10 was expected to extend sanctions against Belarus, among other things, while also adding 15 names to a blacklist against Belarusian officials. The latter has to a large degree been prompted by repressive measures against opponents of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko in last December’s presidential elections.
Sounding familiar?So it should.