“The elections were neither fair nor free and due to this reason, the result of this election cannot be recognized,” she stated.
According to Merkel, the EU supports peaceful protesters and urges the leadership of the country to refuse from the violence and start the dialogue with the opposition.
She also expressed confidence that the citizens of Belarus should choose the way of their country themselves. She also warned other countries, particularly Russia, from the external influence.
Moreover, Angela Merkel stated that the heads of the European states condemn brutal violence against people.
“All political prisoners should be unconditionally released. Moreover, the national dialogue asked by the opposition is needed,” she added.
As we reported, candidate for the presidency in Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya urged the European Union not to recognize the results of the elections in Belarus. She stated that the elections were unfair and their results are falsified.
Besides, the National coordination council of Belarus is supposed to be created by the Belarusian opposition. It is noted that 70 people would enter the council.
As we reported, the EU aims to impose new sanctions against Belarusian officials responsible for the brutal crackdown in the ex-Soviet state. The top diplomats from the bloc's 27 member states met on August 14 to review former restrictions against Belarus party leadership that the EU removed in 2016, citing progress in improving the rule of law.
Later, Members of the European Parliament did not recognize the results of the presidential election in Belarus. They released a joint statement, according to which, incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko is considered persona non grata in the EU.