The European Commission calls for an “accurate” count of votes in the Belarus elections and condemns the repression

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen Monday condemned the repression in Belarus and called for an “accurate” count of votes in the presidential elections.

“The harassment and violent suppression of unarmed protesters has no place in Europe,” she wrote in a tweet. 

I call on the authorities in Belarus to ensure that the votes in yesterday’s elections on Sunday, are counted and published accurately.

For his part, European Union Foreign Minister Josep Borrell condemned “disproportionate and unacceptable state violence towards unarmed demonstrators”.

Minsk warned, “We continue to closely follow the evolution of the situation with the aim of assessing the way in which the European Union can better direct its response and its relations with Belarus based on the evolution of the situation”.

On Monday, Belarus announced the achievement of its president, which some see as a despot, Alexander Lukashenko, after a night marked by a violent suppression of anti-government demonstrations.

On Monday, the opposition candidate, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, rejected the official results of the presidential elections that took place the previous day and asked President Lukashenko, who was presented as the winner by the authorities, to abandon the country.

“Violence against demonstrators is not a response,” wrote European Council President Charles Michel in a tweet.

Polish Prime Minister Matusz Morawiecki requested a European summit on Belarus.

Charles Michel intends to call an extraordinary summit on September 24-25 devoted to international relations. 

A European official told AFP that the situation in Belarus should be on the summit’s agenda.

The informal meeting of European Union foreign ministers in late August in Berlin is expected to address the situation in Belarus, according to another European official. 

During the meeting, the difficult relations with China and Turkey will be assessed and preparation for decisions made during the summit.

On Monday, the liberal centrist Renio bloc in the European Parliament requested the adoption of sanctions against the ruling regime in Belarus.

The country continues to face a ban on the sale of weapons and equipment that could be used for repression, and four people are being denied entry to the European Union and their assets have been frozen.

European sources reminded that the adoption of new sanctions requires consensus. 

She indicated that the position of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is decisive, as he called for the lifting of the recent European sanctions that are still in effect against Belarus.