Washington may impose new sanctions against Moscow in case of “open interference” of Russia in the affairs of Belarus, Reuters writes referring to a high-ranking representative of the American administration.
It is noted that the U.S. also allows the imposition of restrictions against seven Belarusian officials in connection with the “falsification” of the presidential elections. Earlier, Vladimir Putin said that he had created a reserve of law enforcement officers to help Belarus, which will be used if necessary. The head of state noted that he did it at the initiative of the Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko. The President reminded that Moscow has obligations to Minsk in the sphere of security within the framework of the Union State and the CSTO. The Kremlin believes that Russian aid to the republic will be needed only if the state authorities or civilians are in danger.
The United States and the European Union, in turn, have repeatedly spoken about the situation in Belarus. In particular, earlier diplomats declared the “disproportionate use of force” by the authorities of the republic and called on them to “stop the violence and threats of the use of military force against their own citizens”. In addition, they demanded the release of all “unjustly detained” “immediately and unconditionally”. At the same time, Lukashenko believes that street protests in the country are led from abroad. He expressed regret that some states not only openly declare their position on the re-election in the country, but also begin to interfere in its internal affairs. Protests in Belarus
On August 9, the presidential elections were held in Belarus, in which, according to the CEC, Alexander Lukashenko won with 80.1 percent of the vote. His main rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya received 10.12 percent of the vote. The opposition did not recognize these results and announced the creation of a coordinating council for the transfer of power. Tikhanovskaya herself decided to leave the country and went to Lithuania.
After the announcement of the results, mass unsanctioned actions began in Belarus, which were first severely suppressed by the security forces. In the early days, tear gas, water cannons, stun grenades, and rubber bullets were used against the dissatisfied vote results. Subsequently, law enforcement officers stopped dispersing rallies and using force.
According to the Interior Ministry, more than 6.7 thousand people were detained during the protests, hundreds of people were injured, including at least 120 security forces. The Ministry of Health reported three dead.