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Belarus Opposition Head Urges G8 To Block Russia Union


http://gdb.rferl.org/DA31A218-54DD-4412-97C2-960CAB0831A6_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/DA31A218-54DD-4412-97C2-960CAB0831A6_mw800_mh600.jpg Belarusian opposition leader Alyaksandr Milinkevich (file photo) (RFE/RL) July 12, 2006 -- Belarusian opposition leader Alyaksandr Milinkevich has sent a letter to Group of Eight leaders ahead of this weekend's summit in St. Petersburg, asking them to help block plans for a union between Belarus and Russia.


In an interview published in Russia's "Nezavisimaya gazeta," Milinkevich predicted that a referendum on uniting the former Soviet nations could soon be held in Belarus, and that Minsk risks being illegally annexed to Moscow.


(AP)

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