EC Allows Better Partnership with Belarus on Condition of Democratization
President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said that the EU is ready to support the dialogue in Belarus in connection with the current situation.
« The EU will be vigilant and ready to support the de-escalation and dialogue process that will lead to democratization and a closer, more intense partnership between the EU and Belarus, » Head of the European Commission tweeted on Monday.
She also said that she discussed the situation in Belarus with the Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki.
« We are closely following developments, » added von der Leyen.
Earlier on Monday, she condemned the use of force against protesters in Belarus and called for the publication of the exact results of the presidential election. Head of the European Commission stressed: « There is no place for harassment and brutal repression against peaceful demonstrators in Europe. » Von der Leyen called « to observe fundamental rights in Belarus. »
In turn, Morawiecki called on the EU leadership to consider the events in Belarus at an emergency meeting of the European Council.
« Poland is responsible for its closest neighbors. Therefore, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called on Head of the European Council
“Charles Michel and the President of the European Commission von der Leyen are now going to convene an emergency meeting of the European Council in connection with the events in Belarus,” – reads a statement posted on the website of the Prime Minister of Poland.
On August 9, presidential elections were held in Belarus, at which, according to preliminary data from the Central Election Commission of the republic, the incumbent head of state Alexander Lukashenko won 80.08% of the vote, and his main rival Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya – 10.09%.
On Sunday evening, after the announcement of the official preliminary results of the elections in Minsk and a number of other cities of Belarus, protest actions began, which were suppressed by the security forces.
source: ec.europa.eu, reuters.com