In Belarus, there have been protests after the presidential election since the previous week. Poland, the USA and some EU countries claim that the presidential election was not consistent with international standards and opt for holding a new election.

 

On Monday the Chief of the European Council Charles Michel informed that he convenes videoconference of the European Council about the situation in Belarus which will be held on Wednesday 19th of August at midday. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was calling for an extraordinary European Council summit meeting last week. 

 

- The Wednesday’s European Council summit is an effect of the Polish Parliament’s pressure. We do not want the EU to confine itself to sanctions and to accept a joint statement, which of course is needed. We want to give Belarusians something more – said in an interview with the Polish Press Agency (PAP) the Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

- It is all because we want the EU to present the real offer of how the conflict should be solved. It is possible only if we propose Belarus, as EU, the real perspective of cooperation – added Paweł Jabłoński. 

 

‘We want EU to condemn the violence, which has taken place in Belarus’ 

 

- The concrete offer of cooperation with Europe should appear because it is the only way to encourage Belarusians and maybe even Alexander Lukashenko to the dialogue with the society. It is important to let him and the opposition know that there is alternative cooperation than just with Russia – persuaded the Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.