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EU preparing sanctions against Belarus officials as Poland & Czech Republic call for new election

Posted On: Aug 14, 2020   |   Posted By: RT

EU preparing sanctions against Belarus officials as Poland & Czech Republic call for new election

Foreign ministers of the European Union have agreed to sanction Belarus over ‘election fraud,' and the heavy-handed police response to protests, tasking the Brussels bureaucracy with compiling a blacklist of officials in Minsk.
“We cannot ignore the facts of election fraud and the use of force,” Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said after a conference call of 27 EU foreign ministers on Friday. He added that the EU foreign policy unit has been tasked with putting together a list of officials to be sanctioned.
Mass protests began shortly after the presidential election last Sunday, which the incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko won in a landslide, according to official results. Thousands have been arrested and two people have died in the five days of unrest, with viral videos showing law enforcement brutally dispersing demonstrators calling for regime change.
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