Representatives of the three countries and the European Union condemned the disproportionate use of force and called on Minsk to stop the violence and threats of military use against its own citizens.
Diplomatic missions of the United States, Great Britain, Switzerland, and the European Union in Minsk condemned the use of violence and repression against demonstrators in Belarus. This is stated in a joint statement of diplomats, which was published on the EU website.
In the statement, the countries expressed solidarity with the people of Belarus, which demands respect for fundamental freedoms and basic human rights through free and fair elections.
“We condemn the disproportionate use of force and call on the Belarusian authorities to stop the violence and threats of military use against their own citizens and to release all illegal detainees immediately and without conditions. Intimidation and prosecution for political reasons must be stopped,” the statement reads.
Diplomatic missions also called on the country’s authorities to adhere to their international commitments on basic democratic freedoms and human rights.
Western leaders expect Minsk to fully and transparently investigate all possible crimes and abuses in order to bring those responsible to justice. In their view, this alone will create an opportunity for a peaceful resolution of the crisis through an open national dialogue.
Earlier, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that the EU will increase pressure on Belarus.
Lukashenko is set to be included in the new EU sanctions list. The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said that the sanctions should be large-scale and substantial.