Europe ends sanctions on Belarus, seeks better ties

February 15, 2016 5:59 PM

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Europe ends sanctions on Belarus, seeks better ties

BRUSSELS The European Union ended five years of sanctions against Belarus and its authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko on Monday, citing improving human rights as the bloc seeks more friends in Russia's back yard.

A peaceful presidential election in October, the release of political prisoners and Lukashenko's role in holding Ukraine-Russia peace talks in Minsk have improved ties with the man who the United States once said runs Europe's last dictatorship.

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