Several member of European Union (EU) in the Baltic region have blacklisted Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and 29 other high-ranking officials, accusing them of rigging election results and cracking down on protesters.
According to the details, EU member states Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania blacklisted the President of Belarus and other high-ranking officials in solidarity with the protesters.
Lithuania is believed to have sheltered Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya after the election, whose supporters claim the woman leader has won.
A spokeswoman for Svetlana Tekhanoskaya said she would address the UN Security Council this week at the invitation of Estonia.
On the other hand, the European Union is also compiling a list to ban various Belarussian figures, but Western countries are refraining from any major action in view of Russia’s intervention.
Belarus’s Foreign Ministry responded by saying that the Baltic states’ response would be “equal” and that sanctions would be heavy.
According to reports, Belarus’s President Lukashenko has acknowledged flaws in the country’s system and is discussing a plan for a referendum on constitutional reform.
Lukashenko has called for judicial reform and rejected the opposition’s demand for the restoration of the 1994 constitution.
Just two days ago, Alexander Lukashenko accused the NATO alliance of inciting protesters against him and threatened retaliatory sanctions against EU member states and neighboring Lithuania and Poland.
He said the protesters were being helped to form a front against Russia and that “they want to overthrow my government and keep a man who wants to send troops to help other countries.”
Belarus held elections on August 9, after which the opposition accused longtime incumbent Lukashenko of rigging and violent protests erupted.
President Alexander Lukashenko claimed 80 percent of the seats, while the opposition leader claimed victory.
Protests erupted in Belarus after the president’s announcement, which is being called the worst protests since independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
The European Union (EU) has rejected the controversial election results and threatened to impose sanctions on President Alexander Lukashenko’s government.
“Our bloc is with the people of Belarus. President Alexander Lukashenko’s victory was neither transparent nor free,” EU Council President Charles Michael said after an emergency meeting.
Charles Michael said those responsible for spreading tensions, pressure and election fraud would soon be reached.
Regarding the sanctions, he said they would be banned from traveling to the European Union and their assets would be frozen.
He said that the elections were neither free nor transparent and did not meet international standards and they do not accept the election results presented by the Belarussian authorities.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has ruled the country for 26 years, but post-election protests have weakened his grip on the government.