PM calls for support of Belarusian citizens

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Remembering August 1980 and the legacy of 'Solidarity,' we want to support civil society in Belarus and its efforts to achieve full democracy and freedom, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook on Thursday.

The Facebook post was accompanied by a quote from the Polish head of government: "The great protests in Belarus are an extremely important step towards building a civil society that wants true freedom, independence, democracy and the rule of law."

Protests continue in Belarus after the presidential elections on August 9. Poland, some European countries and the USA believe that these elections were not in line with international standards and call for a revote.

According to official data, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, a candidate in the presidential elections in Belarus who is currently residing in Lithuania, won 10.1 pct of votes, while Alexander Lukashenko, who was running for re-election, took 80.1 pct of the vote. Many Belarusians believe that the election results were rigged.

An extraordinary summit of EU leaders on Belarus was held on Wednesday in the form of a videoconference. It was agreed that the EU does not recognise the results of the recent presidential elections in Belarus. The EU also called for an end to the violence in Belarus and for dialogue to lead to an end to the crisis.

In a statement issued after the summit, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, stressed that the EU did not recognise the results of the elections that took place on 9 August, as they were neither free nor fair. However, the '27' refrained from calling for new elections so as not to expose the EU to Russian accusations of external interference in Belarus.