Belarus' Opposition Groups Secure USD120M in Aid Pledges

Numerous donors have pledged to provide more than USD120 million worth of aid to opposition groups and civic organizations in Belarus.

The pledges were made at a conference in Warsaw, Poland, on Wednesday (Feb. 3). They come on the heels of a slew of sanctions imposed by the European Union and United States on Belarusian officials following a severe government crackdown on opposition groups in the country.

Polish Prime Minister Radoslaw Sikorski has predicted that Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko may soon find himself driven out of power, comparing the situation in Belarus to events in Egypt and Tunisia, the Wall Street Journal says.

Among the pledges of aid were USD14.8 million from Poland, which shares a border with Belarus, and USD21 million from the EU, which has been trying to engage Lukashenko in a dialogue to bring the country into the bloc since 2008. 

The U.S. promised to increase its funding for civic groups in the country by 30 percent to approximately USD15 million this year.

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