“Arrests of peaceful demonstrators in Europe of the 21st century are unacceptable.” Ambassador of Belarus to Germany urgently summoned to the German Foreign Ministry

Against the backdrop of mass protests going on in Belarus after the presidential election, the Belarusian ambassador to Germany was invited to the German Foreign Ministry for an “urgent conversation.” The position of the German government on the situation in Belarus was explained to Denis Sidorenko at the meeting.

Earlier in the day, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas spoke out in favor of increasing pressure on the Belarusian authorities.

“It is absolutely clear that the violent actions and arrests of peaceful demonstrators (…) in Europe of the 21st century are unacceptable,” he said. He expressed the hope that his colleagues from the EU countries would take a unified position during a meeting on August 14 in Brussels.

The German government considers the presidential elections held in Belarus on August 9 neither honest nor free. They, according to the official representative of the German Chancellor Steffen Seibert, “did not meet even the minimum standards, the minimum requirements for democratic elections.”