The Heads of State or Government of the European Union will meet in an exceptional way this Wednesday for a telematics summit to address the political situation in Belarus, with a focus on reaffirming support for the democratic cause in the neighboring country, including the Possibility to allow a dialogue between the two the Minsk authorities and the opposition to get out of the crisis.
The summit, a message in itself that there is no precedent for an extraordinary meeting of this kind, was convened by the President of the Council, Charles Michel, in view of the worsening situation in Belarus. The protests against the re-election of Alexander Lukashenko have not stopped since the August 9 elections, which the EU believes were not “free”.
It is therefore hoped that the meeting will serve to unite positions within the EU and that the Heads of State and Government will reaffirm their support for the democratic cause in Belarus. European sources suggest that the 27 will discuss how to keep the internal dialogue in Belarus open, including possible mediation by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which includes both Russia and Belarus.
In particular, some European partners insisted that the Union play a supporting role in the case of Warsaw and other Baltic capitals. In this context, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, promised, on behalf of the EU, an offer to start a dialogue between the authorities and the opposition in Belarus.