EU doesn’t settle for Belarus election outcomes, making ready sanctions – International coverage chief Borrell

EU does not accept Belarus election results, preparing sanctions – Foreign policy chief Borrell

The European Union is refusing to acknowledge election leads to Belarus and is making ready sanctions over the ‘rigged’ vote and the heavy-handed police response to protests, EU international coverage chief Josep Borrell has confirmed.

The EU “does not settle for election outcomes” in Minsk, Borrell tweeted on Friday night, including that work has begun on “sanctioning these accountable for violence [and] falsification” of the vote. 

Borrell’s feedback come after a convention name of 27 EU international ministers, which resulted in a consensus that the Belarus elections “have been rigged,” in line with Slovakian FM Ivan Korcok.

“We can not ignore the information of election fraud and using drive,” Polish International Minister Jacek Czaputowicz mentioned after the assembly, including that the EU international coverage unit has been tasked with placing collectively an inventory of officers to be sanctioned. 

Mass protests started shortly after the presidential election final Sunday, which the incumbent President Aleksandr Lukashenko gained in a landslide, in line with official outcomes. Hundreds have been arrested and two folks have died within the 5 days of unrest, with viral movies displaying legislation enforcement brutally dispersing demonstrators calling for regime change.

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Forward of the ministerial teleconference, European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen known as for “extra sanctions in opposition to those that violated democratic values or abused human rights” in Belarus and expressed confidence the international ministers will “reveal our sturdy assist for the rights of the folks in Belarus to elementary freedoms and democracy.”

Opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who has fled to Lithuania after Belarus safety companies mentioned they intercepted a plot to assassinate her, known as for peace on the streets – however insisted the election had been rigged. Lukashenko maintains the vote rely was honest.

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After consulting together with his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis has known as for a brand new presidential election in Belarus.

“The election in Belarus should be repeated, should be clear and with the presence of international observers,” Babis mentioned on Friday.

Lukashenko has accused outsiders of searching for to arrange a ‘shade revolution’ in Belarus, and mentioned activists from Poland, Ukraine, Netherlands and even the Russian opposition have arrived to arrange the unrest. 

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“The aggression in opposition to the nation has already begun,” Lukashenko mentioned throughout a gathering with the Belarus Nationwide Safety Council. He additionally urged Belarusians to remain dwelling for the sake of security.

“Don’t exit into the streets now! Perceive that you simply and your youngsters are getting used as cannon fodder,” mentioned the president, who has dominated Belarus since 1994. 

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