Poland on Monday called for an extraordinary summit of the European Union on the situation in Belarus.
The call comes after fierce clashes between protesters and police in the capital Minsk following Sunday’s controversial presidential elections.
“The authorities have used violence against their citizens, who are demanding change in the country.
We must support the Belarusian people in their quest for freedom,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in a statement.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the other hand, congratulated his Belarusian counterpart on Monday on his re-election.
The Kremlin said Putin had sent Alexander Lukashenko a congratulatory telegram expressing hope for “the further development of mutually beneficial Russian-Belarusian relations in all areas”.