Belarus’s participation in the ENP is limited compared to other Eastern neighbours of the EU. The main reason for this is Belarus’s multi-vector policy toward the EU and Russia. The EU factor affects Belarus’s distance from the EU’s democratic norms and values, which leads to Belarus’s isolation from the ENP. The Russian factor shapes Belarus-Russia relations and also Belarus’s standing in the ENP, which has positive implications for the EU-Belarus relations

Fatih Ekinci is currently a PhD student at Kadir Has University’s International Relations department. He completed his MA with merit in the University of Birmingham’s International Relations (Security) programme in 2015. He has also a BA in Economics from Bilkent University. His research interests are focused on Russia and Russian foreign policy, European security, Belarus, and the EU.

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