Events in Belarus are most disturbing. There is a UK statement avaiable at the British Embassy website. The first people to suffer are the people of Belarus. But these events also have impact on the EU. Right now much of the EU is utterly dependent on gas which is piped through Belarus. The EU is therefore dependent on stability in Belarus. There is a joint US-EU statement. To me this reads as very weak. IMO this is going to be as big a test of the EU as the euro crisis. I think the EU is going into 2011 with both a security headache and a debt headache. And IMO the EU is not able to respond effectively to either.