The European Union refused to recognize Alexander Lukashenko as president of Belarus, despite his unexpectedly sworn-in, citing “fraudulent results” for the August 9 elections and that he “lacks any democratic legitimacy,” as EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell announced Thursday.
Borrell said in a statement that “the August 9 elections were neither free nor fair. The European Union does not recognize forged results. Therefore, the so-called swearing-in on September 23 and the new term that Alexander Lukashenko says he is taking over do not have any democratic legitimacy and are opposed to each other.” The direct desire of large segments of the Belarusian people. ”