EU to impose sanctions over election fraud in Belarus

The European Union does not recognise the results of Belarus elections and will shortly impose sanctions on those who were involved in electoral fraud and repression of protests, President the European Council Charles Michel said on Wednesday.

The European Union, “stands in solidarity with the people of Belarus, and we do not accept impunity,” stated Michel at the end of an extraordinary summit of EU leaders, called to discuss the bloc’s reaction to the 9 August elections in Belarus.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, also announced that €53 million will be reallocated to support the Belarusian people in these challenging times.

As President von der Leyen explained, €2 million will be mobilised to assist victims of repression and state violence, €1 million to support civil society and independent media, and €50 million will be provided in the form of coronavirus emergency support for the country’s health sector, social services and businesses.

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