The European Union on Wednesday rejected the results of the disputed Belarus election, saying President Alexander Lukashenko’s victory was neither free nor truthful, and warned recent sanctions towards his authorities had been imminent.
After an emergency video summit, EU Council President Charles Michel instructed the individuals of Belarus the bloc stood “by your aspect” as unprecedented protests towards strongman Mr. Lukashenko entered an 11th day.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel referred to as for nationwide dialogue in Belarus — together with Mr. Lukashenko, who has dominated for 26 years — to discover a peaceable method out of the disaster.
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The EU has been engaged on a brand new spherical of sanctions towards Belarus, concentrating on these concerned in allegedly fixing the August 9 vote and within the bloody repression of protests, which have shaken Mr. Lukashenko’s grip on the ex-Soviet republic as by no means earlier than.
Mr. Michel mentioned this could lead “shortly” to “a considerable variety of people answerable for violence, repression and election fraud” being hit with EU journey bans and asset freezes.
“These elections had been neither free nor truthful and didn’t meet worldwide requirements. We don’t recognise the outcomes offered by the Belarus authorities,” Mr. Michel instructed reporters.
“The individuals of Belarus deserve higher. They deserve the democratic proper to decide on their leaders and form the longer term.”
Mr. Michel, together with Ms. Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, all held phone talks with Mr. Lukashenko’s shut ally Russia to push for dialogue to finish the disaster peacefully.