EU must strongly oppose brutal violence in Belarus: Polish FM

The European Union must clearly indicate that there will be no consent to the brutal use of force, Zbigniew Rau, the Polish Foreign Minister said during an informal videoconference with his counterparts from the other EU Member States.

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At the conference, ministers discussed the current situation in Belarus in connection with ongoing social turmoil in the country after a heavily contested August presidential election.

Commenting on the recent death of Roman Bondarenko, a Belarusian anti-government protester, the Polish Foreign Minister said it showed the dramatic direction of the situation developing in that country.

“The EU must make it clear that there will be no consent to the brutal use of force,” Mr Rau said, expressing satisfaction with the political consensus regarding the urgency of adopting another package of sanctions.

On Thursday, Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy said the Union will push ahead with a new round of sanctions on Belarus, including those on Belarusian companies, in response to state repression of pro-democracy protests.

The videoconference of the FMs also concerned a discussion with the Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki and the EU’s support for multilateralism as “an important element of the international order,” the Polish MFA reported.