Josep Borrell: Europe Intends To Speed Up The Adoption Of Sanctions Against Belarus
The EU wants to adopt additional individual sanctions on Belarus as soon as possible, before the meeting of the European Council on September 24-25, head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell said at a plenary session of the European Parliament.
"We accept the sanctions. Many who participated in the repression will fall under these sanctions. We are studying this issue in the Council. We want to adopt sanctions as soon as possible before the European Council," he said.
Borrell noted that the adopted sanctions might be expanded later. "If the situation continues to deteriorate, additional sanctions may be taken," the head of the European diplomacy explained.
Earlier, the EU announced that it does not consider the presidential elections held in Belarus fair and fair, and also refused to recognize their results. Also, the EU leaders agreed to impose individual sanctions on Belarus for the use of violence against demonstrators and, according to the European Union, election fraud.
Mass opposition protests began across Belarus on August 9, after the presidential election, which Alexander Lukashenko won for the sixth time – according to the CEC, he won 80.1% of the vote. In the first days, the actions were suppressed by security forces, and tear gas, water cannons, stun grenades, and rubber bullets were used against protesters who did not agree with the results. Then law enforcement agencies stopped dispersing rallies and using force and special equipment. According to official data, more than 6,700 people were detained in the first few days. As reported by the Ministry of internal Affairs of the Republic, hundreds of people were injured during the riots, including more than 130 law enforcement officers. Authorities have officially confirmed the deaths of three protesters.