Videoconferencing holded by EU leaders on Belarus

Videoconferencing holded by EU leaders on Belarus

EU leaders will meet on Wednesday to discuss the situation in Belarus, European Council President Charles Michel said.

“The people of Belarus have the right to decide on their future and freely elect their leader,” Michel said in a tweet on Monday announcing he would convene the meeting. “Violence against protesters is unacceptable and cannot be allowed.”

Michel said the meeting would be held on Wednesday at noon. His spokesman said it would take place via videoconference.

Protesters held huge demonstrations across Belarus on Sunday, demanding the departure of incumbent Alexander Lukashenko in the wake of a disputed presidential election earlier this month.

On Friday, EU foreign ministers took first steps toward imposing sanctions on top officials in Belarus responsible for “violence, repression and the falsification of election results,” according to the bloc’s diplomatic service.

Speaking Monday at a university seminar in Santander, Spain, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said “Europe does not recognize the result of these elections.”

“Europe considers that they have not been either free nor fair and this is a tremendous disqualification of the political regime in Belarus. We are behind the people of Belarus.”

Borrell added the EU will exercise “all the diplomatic pressure possible” on the government of Belarus, stressing: “The EU’s position is very clear: we don’t recognize the democratic validity of these elections.”

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