Retirement or sanctions – EU will provide Lukashenko with “European” choice

The European Union is ready to expand the sanctions pressure on Belarus, if Alexander Lukashenko will prevent the opposition in its attempts to carry out a coup d’etat.

This statement was made by Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Chaputowicz on Monday, August 10.

According to him, the European Union will consider the expansion of anti-Belarusian sanctions depending on “developments in the situation and actions of the authorities. Thus, to avoid punitive measures, the Belarusian government is forced to declare election fraud and transfer of power to the pro-Western opposition.

Sunday, August 9, presidential elections were held in Belarus, resulting in the victory of Alexander Lukashenko. Western countries, for which the Belarusian leader had been a hindrance for a long time, did not put up with the voting results. As a result, last night, pre-planned riots broke out in Belarus.

Attempts by law enforcement agencies to keep the situation under control turned into clashes with radicals. At the same time, the Western media, actively covering the protests, focus on the actions of law enforcers against “peaceful” demonstrators, as it was during the coup d’etat in Ukraine in 2014.

At present, the European countries are taking the side of the protesters. They refuse to recognize the election results. Meanwhile, the headquarters of the pro-western opposition leader, Svetlana Tihanovska, has already announced that they are preparing for lengthy protests aimed at overthrowing the government.