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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February sent shock waves around the world. As Ukrainians fight for their sovereignty, the fate of neighboring Belarus is also closely entwined with the outcome of the war. The country’s longtime president, Aleksandr Lukashenko, sided with Russia when he allowed Belarus to be used as a launch pad for the invasion. But where do the Belarusian people stand? What role did Belarus play in the assault on Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, and can Western sanctions change Lukashenko’s calculus? Watch FP’s wide-ranging interview with the country’s opposition leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.

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How has the war changed the Belarusian opposition’s attitude toward Russia?

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Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

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