The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Tomas Petricek said that the EU has economic levers of pressure on the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.
Mr. Petricek noted that these levers can be used to resolve the situation that has developed in the Republic. According to him, recently it seemed that the Belarusian leader intends to develop relations with the EU countries. вЂњBut what is happening in Belarus these days shows that this representative of the last authoritarian regime in Europe has decided to go a different way,вЂќ Mr. Petrshichek said.
The Minister added that the situation in the Republic will be reviewed on Friday, August 14, by the EU foreign ministers. вЂњThere may be a question about whether in this situation it is necessary to Finance some projects in Belarus,вЂќ the politician said, Recalling that the Republic is a member of the Eastern partnership organization.
According to Mr. Petrsicek, the Czech Republic does not agree with what is happening in Belarus, as well as with the way the entire election campaign was conducted, вЂњduring which opposition representatives were arrested, and OSCE observers were not allowed to monitor the vote.вЂќ
Protests in Belarus continue for the fourth day. Citizens are opposed to the official results of the presidential election, according to which the current President Alexander Lukashenko won more than 80 percent of the vote. Authorities disperse protesters with rubber bullets, batons, water cannons, tear gas, and stun grenades. Flares, paving stones, Molotov cocktails are used against security forces.
Lukashenko believes that the opposition plans to stage a revolution. In just three nights of protests, about six thousand people were detained. Pre-trial detention centers in Minsk are full. The detainees are transported from the capital to Zhodino, where the investigative prison is located.