Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei on Friday agreed to open a “constructive” dialogue with other governments in order to tackle the open crisis after the elections on Sunday, in which President Alexander Lukashenko was left with a margin that the opposition doubts .
According to the electoral commission, Lukashenko received his sixth term in a row after receiving 80 percent of the vote. The opposition has denounced fraud and thousands of people have taken to the streets across the country to protest. In unprecedented mobilizations that have resulted in thousands of arrests.
Makei has already raised the problem in a conversation with his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis, who “focused on the past presidential elections and the current situation in the country,” according to the official BelTA news agency, which reports on the party’s disposition. Belarus should enter into a “constructive and objective” dialogue on the election controversy with other governments.
The Presidents of Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have offered to mediate to stabilize the situation after days of violent protests, while EU Foreign Ministers this Friday will address the crisis with a focus on reviewing the relationship with Belarus and the situation Possibility to impose sanctions.