European Union countries are discussing measures they can take against Belarus, but they are waiting for a full picture of what happened during the presidential elections that took place there last Sunday, amid loud protests.
The official representative of the European Commission, Piotr Stano, said in a press conference today, that "in order to make a decision, it is necessary to have a picture of everything that happened on election day."
In response to a question about possible sanctions against Minsk, Stano said: "It is necessary to fully clarify the situation, exchange views, and then agree on how to respond."
"Everyone is interested in a quick reaction, but the issue is very serious and requires deeper consultations between the member states of the European Union," Stano said.
According to him, now no one is in a hurry to talk about sanctions or other measures, but "everything is possible if there is an agreement between the member states."
The presidential elections took place in Belarus on Sunday, August 9th. According to preliminary official data, the current president of the country, Alexander Lukashenko, won by 80.08%, followed by the representative of the opposition, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, with a score of 10.09%.
But Tikhanovskaya headquarters announced that it does not recognize the results of the Central Election Commission, noting that the data received from polling stations in all districts of the republic showed that it got 70-80%.
On Sunday and Monday, several cities in Belarus (Belarus) witnessed unauthorized mass protests. Demonstrators erected garbage bins in central Minsk. Police used tear gas, water cannons and stun grenades to disperse them. Earlier, the Belarus Interior Ministry reported that about 3 thousand people were arrested as a result of these measures.