The long and winding road of Belarus to sovereignty and recognition

  • Oleg I. Kravchenko Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, 19 Lenina Street, Minsk 220030, Belarus


The path of Belarus to its sovereignty and international recognition has been long, difficult and trying. Elements of international subjectivity originating from limited sovereignty have been present at different historical periods before Belarus’ gaining full-fledged independence in 1991. The authour studies external perception and legal view of the limited status of Belarus as a subject of international relations during the Soviet period through analysing a failed legislative effort in the US Congress to recognise and establish diplomatic relations with Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic.

Author Biography

Oleg I. Kravchenko, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, 19 Lenina Street, Minsk 220030, Belarus

PhD (law); deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Belarus


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Keywords: Belarus, the United States, sovereignty, international recognition, diplomatic relations, resolution 58
How to Cite
Kravchenko, O. I. (2020). The long and winding road of Belarus to sovereignty and recognition. Journal of the Belarusian State University. International Relations, 2, 71-77. Retrieved from