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The UK Is Ready To Impose Sanctions Against Those Responsible For Violence In Belarus

The UK Is Ready To Impose Sanctions Against Those Responsible For Violence In Belarus

The UK, together with its partners, is ready to apply sanctions against those responsible for the use of violence against protesters in Belarus, according to a statement by British foreign Minister Dominic Raab, distributed by his office on Monday.

"We urgently need OSCE forces to investigate the violations that made the elections dishonest, as well as the terrible repression that followed them. The United Kingdom will work with its international partners to impose sanctions on those responsible and hold the Belarusian authorities accountable," Raab said.

He noted that the UK does not recognize the results of the presidential elections in the Republic.

Presidential elections in Belarus took place on August 9. According to the final data of the CEC, the current head of state Alexander Lukashenko won the elections with 80.1%. Second place with 10.12% was taken by Svetlana Tihanovskaya, who was called his main rival, she did not recognize the results of the election. Immediately after the first results of the voting were announced, mass protests began in Belarusian cities, which turned into clashes with law enforcement officers. The rallies continued for several days, according to the interior Ministry, several thousand people were detained, and dozens of police officers and demonstrators were injured.