EU Rejects Presidential Election Results In Belarus, Sanctions Are Coming

The EU on Friday rejected the results of Belarus’ recent presidential elections, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said in a Twitter post.

Following an extraordinary foreign ministers videoconference, Josep Borrell confirmed that top diplomats took first steps toward imposing sanctions on top officials in Belarus as protests continued to sweep the country.

The measures would target individuals involved in human rights violations and the falsification of election results in Belarus. The green light was given by the 27 European Union foreign ministers during a video conference in Brussels on Friday.

According to the official results, many believe were rigged, incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko won 80% of the vote, triggering nationwide protests that were met with a brutal crackdown by security forces.

“We believe that the restrictions against the country, those government officials, cannot bring harm to the society,” Poland’s Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said told a press conference.

After the emergency talks,  Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ann Linde said: “EU will now initiate a process of sanctions against those responsible for the violence, arrests and fraud in connection with the election.”