Kariņš: Sanctions aim to get new elections in Belarus

The aim of sanctions against Belarusian officials is to achieve a re-run of presidential elections in Belarus, said Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (“New Unity”) on Latvian Television August 19.

Karins stressed that sanctions should be targeted at specific officials responsible for electoral misrepresentation and repression against peaceful protesters.

"The main objective is to get new elections and that the existing power accepts not only the fact that there would be new elections, but also encourage them to take place and accept the results of the elections," said Kariņš.

"We support the Belarusian people's demand for new, fair elections, which would also be supervised by international observers so that we could find that elections are fair, that there are equal opportunities for all. […] We believe it is in the interests of the Belarusian people and, of course, also in our interests, because we support the fact that Belarusians themselves have to decide their own further development, their own destiny, and that is what we are also representing," said the President of Latvia, Egils Levits.

The two top officials in Latvia also indicated that sanctions should not be targeted against Belarus as a country or against any of its economic sectors.

 

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