UK Does Not Recognize Results of Elections in Belarus
Britain does not recognize the results of the presidential elections in Belarus, said British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab.
He demanded that an independent investigation of all the shortcomings that made the elections unfair, as well as an investigation of the repression that followed the elections, be urgently launched through OSCE channels.
According to him, Great Britain, in cooperation with its partners, will impose sanctions against the perpetrators and will bring the Belarusian authorities to justice.
“The whole world looked with horror at the violence that the Belarusian authorities used to suppress peaceful protests after the rigged elections,” the minister said in a statement.
On August 14, the European Union announced its disagreement with the election results and the preparation of sanctions against those responsible for violence and fraud in Belarus.
The main opponent of President Alexander Lukashenko at the elections, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, announced on August 17 that she was ready to become the interim leader of the country while preparing for new, fair elections. Lukashenko said on the same day that the elections were held and there would be no new ones. He is ready to share power, but only as a result of constitutional reform, and not across the street or under pressure.