Alexander Lukashenko, Janez Kocijancic

Alexander Lukashenko, Janez Kocijancic

FILE In this Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 file photo Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko, right, greets acting EOC head Janez Kocijancic, at the European Olympic Committees General Assembly in Minsk, Belarus. Mired in a multi-year recession and bitter loan talks with the International Monetary Fund, it would appear a strange time for Belarus to take on the burden of hosting a major sports event, the 2019 European Games. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, file)