Hikers and cyclists in Białowieża National Park can now cross from Poland into Belarus without a visa. The primeval forest in eastern Poland is one of the largest in Europe, but main part of it lies in Belarus.
EU citizens can no longer travel the direct route to Moscow via Belarus. They must resort to taking a long detour. What prompted Russia to make the change?
Logging in Poland's primeval Bialowieza forest has continued under the pretext of pest control. Yet environmentalists suspect other motives. The EU says the UNESCO world heritage site is under threat.
Conflicts can be solved diplomatically, militarily or economically. Russia has had disputes with Turkey over tourism and Egypt over wheat exports. The Kremlin has even fought economic battles over fruits and vegetables.
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