Video conference of the members of the European Council, 19 August 2020

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EU National leaders held a videoconference on 19 August 2020 to discuss the situation which unfolded in the aftermath of the presidential elections in Belarus, the latest developments in the eastern Mediterranean and in Mali.

Source Link https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/european-council/2020/08/19/
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Commentary and Analysis
GMFUS: Blog, 18/08/2020: Six to-Do’s for the EU Summit on Belarus https://www.gmfus.org/blog/2020/08/18/six-dos-eu-summit-belarus
Euro|topics, August 2020: EU seeks joint position on Belarus https://www.eurotopics.net/en/246068/
EPRS: At a Glance, August 2020: Outcome of the European Council video-conference of 19 August 2020 https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_ATA(2020)654172

News
EUObserver, 18/08/2020: EU leaders to warn Russia against Belarus interference https://euobserver.com/foreign/149166
Reuters, 18/08/2020: EU may impose sanctions on Belarusian individuals over election, Spain says https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN25E0Q8
EurActiv, 19/08/2020: Pressure builds on Belarus as EU leaders hold emergency talks https://www.euractiv.com/section/europe-s-east/news/pressure-builds-on-belarus-as-eu-leaders-hold-emergency-talks/
The Guardian, 19/08/2020: Belarus crisis: EU says it does not recognise election results https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/19/belarus-crisis-eu-leaders-emergency-talks-lukashenko-protests
Politico, 19/08/2020: EU leaders back sanctions on ‘substantial number’ of people in Belarus https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-leaders-back-sanctions-on-substantial-number-of-people-in-belarus/
EurActiv, 19/08/2020: Crisis in Belarus not geopolitical, EU leaders say after 3-hour summit https://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/crisis-in-belarus-not-geopolitical-eu-leaders-say-after-3-hour-summit/
Politico, 19/08/2020: European leaders mix condemnation and caution on Belarus https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/19/european-leaders-mix-condemnation-and-caution-on-belarus-398662
Deutsche Welle, 19/08/2020: EU rejects Belarus presidential election result https://p.dw.com/p/3hBgo
Associated Press, 19/08/2020: EU backs Belarus pro-democracy rallies, rejects poll results https://apnews.com/ffa8e969136301e6af630b2e060b5d03
Bloomberg, 19/08/2020: EU Rejects Belarus Election, Stops Short of Calling for New Vote https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-08-19/eu-leaders-stop-short-of-calling-for-new-elections-in-belarus
TASS, 19/08/2020: EU leaders believe necessary to hold new election in Belarus, says Lithuanian president https://tass.com/world/1191575
EUObserver, 20/08/2020: EU leaders reject Belarus election result, urge dialogue https://euobserver.com/foreign/149184
Euronews, 20/08/2020: Threat of new crackdown on protesters as EU signals support for 'peaceful transition' in Belarus https://www.euronews.com/2020/08/19/eu-leaders-to-discuss-next-steps-for-belarus

Official
European Council: Press Release, 17/08/2020: Invitation letter by President Charles Michel to the members of the European Council ahead of their video conference on 19 August 2020 https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2020/08/17/invitation-letter-by-president-charles-michel-to-the-members-of-the-european-council-ahead-of-their-video-conference-on-19-august-2020/
European Council: Conclusions by the President of the European Council following the video conference of the members of the European Council on 19 August 2020 https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2020/08/19/conclusions-by-the-president-of-the-european-council-following-the-video-conference-of-the-members-of-the-european-council-on-19-august-2020/
European Commission: Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel, following the videoconference of the European Council members on the situation in Belarus https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/statement_20_1500
Finland: Finnish Government: Press Release, 19/08/2020: EU leaders confirm support for democratic development in Belarus https://valtioneuvosto.fi/en/-/10616/eu-leaders-confirm-support-for-democratic-development-in-belarus

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