Polish, Lithuanian PMs discuss EU sanctions against Belarus

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Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and his Lithuanian counterpart Linas Linkevicius in a telephone conversation on Monday discussed EU sanctions against Belarus, the Polish Foreign Ministry said on Twitter.

"Together we support a sovereign and democratic Belarus," the ministry tweeted on Monday.

The EU members' foreign ministers on Friday agreed to individual sanctions against Belarus at a videoconference devoted to the situation in the country.

According to the official results of a recent presidential election in Belarus, the incumbent of 26 years Alexander Lukashenko took over 80 percent of the vote. The official announcement triggered protests in many Belarusian towns and cities, with demonstrators disputing the authenticity of the results. Protesters met with violence by security forces and around 7,000 of them have been detained.

Lukashenko's main rival, independent candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who is currently in Lithuania, said on Monday that she is ready to take responsibility and act as national leader. On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of Belarusians took to the country's streets in Belarus's biggest ever peaceful public demonstration.