Belarusan officials announced yesterday that President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has been elected honorary chairman of the Committee of the Union of Slavic States. According to the officials, the Committee was formed during an All-Slavic Congress held in Prague at the end of May. Apparently attended by leftist and anti-Western hardliners, the congress opposed NATO’s enlargement and supported the Serb-ruled Yugoslavia. Lukashenka’s election was initiated by Ukrainian delegates. (Russian agencies, June 15) Yesterday’s announcement in Minsk was part of pan-Slavic, pan-Orthodox rhetoric accompanying the visit of a Yugoslav parliamentary delegation (see The Monitor, June 15)
UKRAINE PROMOTES BLACK SEA-BALTIC CORRIDOR PLAN.