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The EU says the elections in Belarus are not “free” and threatens sanctions

August 11, 2020

The European Union gave assurances on Tuesday that the presidential elections in Belarus were neither “free nor fair” and warns against reviewing relations with Minsk without excluding sanctions following the suppression of demonstrations against the election result.

In a statement on behalf of the 27 EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell believes that the elections were not “free or fair” and calls on the Belarusian authorities to release those detained in the protests against President Alexander Lukashenko, who was named the winner with 80 percent of the vote on charges of fraud and won a sixth term.

In addition, the 27 warned that an “in-depth review” of the EU’s relations with Belarus could be carried out, which it said could include “taking action against those responsible for the suppression, imprisonment and falsification of election results”.

The EU says the elections in Belarus are not “free” and threatens sanctionsThe EU says the elections in Belarus are not “free” and threatens sanctions

In this way, after rapprochement in recent years, when most of the restrictions on Minsk were lifted, the EU threatens to impose sanctions on the Lukashenko regime.

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