“Belarus: EU does not accept election results. Work begins on sanctions against perpetrators of violence and fraud, ”he wrote on Twitter.

Borrell said on August 11 that the presidential elections in Belarus “were neither free nor fair”.

The Belarusian Foreign Ministry stated that “it is absolutely unacceptable how quickly a number of European officials made the most important ... political statements, even without trying to objectively understand and really assess the situation” in Belarus.