High Commissionaire of European Union in Foreign Politics and Security, Josef Borrell, declared that the European Union does not recognize the election held in Belorussia.
The presidential elections in Belarus officially resulted in an 80.1% victory by the acting president Alexander Lukashenko. His primary opponent, Svetlana Tsikhanovskaya, has gained 10.12% of votes.
On 9 August, presidential election results were publicized in the country, with this followed by mass protest actions. The opposition does not recognize the 80% votes victory of Lukashenko. People took to the streets and protested against Lukashenko's government. Following the crackdown on demonstrators, more than 6,000 were detained, including journalists. Two protesters reportedly died.
On the background of the developments, the world leaders and international organizations expressed concern over the situation in Belarus while the United States and European Union plan new sanctions against the country.