Tikhanovskaya urged the EU to be resolute in support of the Belarusian opposition

The European Union continues to discuss sanctions against Belarusian officials.

European Union Foreign Ministers met with Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in Brussels on Monday to discuss sanctions against Belarusian officials.

Tikhanovskaya called on the EU to be bolder in taking action in support of the Belarusian opposition.

Speaking to reporters after breakfast with Tihanovskaya, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said that she told EU representatives about the events in Belarus and that the interlocutors were “very impressed by the courage and perseverance of the Belarusian people, especially Belarusian women, who demonstrate a real sense of leadership.”

Borrell added that Brussels does not recognize Lukashenko as the legitimate President of Belarus.

“Let me emphasize that we will support an inclusive national dialogue and the rights of the Belarusian people to free and fair elections, and this cannot be seen as interference in internal affairs, because democracy and human rights are at the core of the identity of the European Union,” he said.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, whose country currently holds the transitional EU presidency, said that “the violence that Lukashenka uses against peaceful demonstrators is completely unacceptable.”

“Today, we need to discuss whether EU sanctions should only apply to those who participated in election fraud and abuse. We also need to ask ourselves whether the sanctions should affect Mr. Lukashenko, who bears the main responsibility,” Maas said.