The British Foreign Minister said the country did not recognize the results of the presidential election in Belarus when Lukashenko was re-elected and called for an investigation.
“The world has watched how the Belarusian government has used violence to suppress the marriage protests following this ‘fraudulent’ presidential election. The UK does not accept that result,” British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said today. August 17.
Raab warned Britain would coordinate with international partners to punish those responsible and hold Belarusian officials accountable for their actions.
“We urgently need to conduct an independent investigation through the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) of the flaws that make the election unfair, as well as the subsequent repression. “The British Foreign Minister said.
The UK Foreign Minister’s statement came as a wave of protests broke out in Belarus after the controversial presidential election of 9/8. Clashes between protesters and security forces have killed at least two people and captured thousands.
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab at Downing Street on April 13. Photo: Reuters.
The opposition accused the election results of many frauds, but Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has been in power for 26 years, rejected it, citing official results showing that he won over 80% of the vote.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawieck on August 10 also accused Belarusian officials of “using force against the people” and called on the European Union (EU) to hold an emergency conference on the situation in the country.
Meanwhile, Russia on August 16 announced its readiness to provide military assistance to Belarus in the context of continued protests against President Lukashenko. Russia says “outside pressure” is causing instability with anti-Lukashenko protests, but does not specify where those pressures come from.
Poland calls for EU emergency meeting on Belarus Protesters were knocked from police cars into the streets in Minsk, Belarus, on August 9. Video: Twitter / RT.
President Lukashenko, 65, has been in the leadership of Belarus since 1994. Mr. Lukashenko in late July announced that he was infected with nCoV but showed no symptoms and recovered. Lukashenko once called Covid-19 a mass “mental illness” and recommended that citizens use traditional saunas or drink vodka “to poison the virus”.