The European Union has decided to impose sanctions on up to 20 high-ranking officials of Belarus. This is reported by the Associated Press.
It is noted that they are believed to be involved in the falsification of the results of the presidential elections, which were held in the republic in early August. According to the EU plan, tough measures should put pressure on the Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) also offered to mediate the dialogue between the authorities and the opposition. The chairman of the organization, the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, admitted that he did not want to interfere in the country’s internal affairs, but stressed that human rights violations are unacceptable.
EU and NATO countries are actively reacting to the events in Belarus. Thus, the foreign ministers of eight European countries called on the Belarusian authorities to immediately enter into a dialogue with the opposition. Europe also believes that the procedure of the Belarusian elections did not meet international standards of democracy and the rule of law. The EU has already started working on sanctions against the Belarusian authorities.
For the third week in Belarus there are mass protests because of the official results of the presidential elections, according to which the current head of state Alexander Lukashenko scored 80 percent, and the opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya – 10 percent.