The EU has agreed on imposing sanctions against”those responsible for violence and falsification” in Belarus after a contentious presidential election which ignited mass protests from the nation.
It comes just days after Borrell called for the conclusion of this”repression and arrests of peaceful protesters”, including that Belarusians have the proper” to democracy and free and fair elections.”
President Lukashenko had promised those displaying him have”long criminal records”.
He also won a sixth consecutive sentence on Sunday, but his election was met with enormous demonstrations throughout the nation amid”reports of serious administrative misconduct”, according to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
Following the election, the resistance chief Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has fled Lithuania as her husband and former Republican candidate Siarhei Tsikhanouski stays detained in Belarus.
Meanwhile, neighboring states Poland and Lithuania have announced steps to assist the protesters.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz declared on Friday an $11 million fund to assist protesters getting visas and settle in in Poland, and to encourage Belarusian independent websites and non-governmental businesses. Belarusian pupils in Poland are also allowed scholarships.
Lithuania offered hospital remedies to people who suffered injuries during the protests and called for the introduction of an EU fund to assist the victims of repression.
“We will certainly do the utmost to assist and attempt to obtain some understanding and begin a political dialogue,” that the nation’s foreign ministry Linas Linkevicius informed Euronews on Thursday.
Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia also have called on Alexander Lukashenko to make a”federal council” of reconciliation which could bring together government officials and civil society, also suggested mediating to resolve the crisis in the eastern European nation.