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.

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GMFUS: Blog, 18/08/2020: Six to-Do’s for the EU Summit on Belarus
Euro|topics, August 2020: EU seeks joint position on Belarus
EPRS: At a Glance, August 2020: Outcome of the European Council video-conference of 19 August 2020

EUObserver, 18/08/2020: EU leaders to warn Russia against Belarus interference
Reuters, 18/08/2020: EU may impose sanctions on Belarusian individuals over election, Spain says
EurActiv, 19/08/2020: 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
Politico, 19/08/2020: 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
Politico, 19/08/2020: European leaders mix condemnation and caution on Belarus
Deutsche Welle, 19/08/2020: EU rejects Belarus presidential election result
Associated Press, 19/08/2020: EU backs Belarus pro-democracy rallies, rejects poll results
Bloomberg, 19/08/2020: EU Rejects Belarus Election, Stops Short of Calling for New Vote
TASS, 19/08/2020: EU leaders believe necessary to hold new election in Belarus, says Lithuanian president
EUObserver, 20/08/2020: EU leaders reject Belarus election result, urge dialogue
Euronews, 20/08/2020: Threat of new crackdown on protesters as EU signals support for 'peaceful transition' in Belarus

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
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
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
Finland: Finnish Government: Press Release, 19/08/2020: EU leaders confirm support for democratic development in Belarus

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