№ 4 (July - August 2018 г.)

China ranked first by the relationship index (+22), well ahead of Russia with +10 and the EU with +13. 

Belarus and Russia put together new negotiating teams amid continuing trade challenges.

Gradual normalization of relations with the West continues; however, the “BelTA case” seriously harmed Belarus’s reputation. 

The number of political contacts with Ukraine went down during the summer months. At the same time, the strengthening of trade cooperation and expansion of the presence of Belarusian-made goods in the Ukrainian market brings about stronger opposition from Ukrainian manufacturers. 

In the security sector, no serious changes took place. The region progressively turns into a global confrontation site, but the militarization of the region remains limited. The level of tensions is still within the green band.