EU must strongly oppose brutal violence in Belarus - Polish FM

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The European Union must clearly indicate that there will be no consent to the brutal use of force, the Polish foreign minister said on Thursday during an informal videoconference of the foreign ministers of EU member states.

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, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau 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," said the head of Polish diplomacy, expressing satisfaction with the political consensus regarding the urgency of adopting another package of sanctions.

Josep Borrell, the EU's foreign policy chief, said on Thursday the European 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 EU foreign ministers also concerned a discussion with the Palestinian foreign minister and the EU's support for multilateralism as "an important element of the international order," the foreign ministry said.