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EU Blasts Belarus Elections, Readies Sanctions Against Lukashenko Government

The European Union says the Aug. 9 polls in which President Alexander Lukashenko claimed an overwhelming victory were "neither free nor fair and do not meet international standards."

Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET

The European Union on Wednesday said it does not recognize the results of Belarus' Aug. 9 presidential election, calling the poll fraudulent and promising to sanction individuals responsible for the violence that has followed.

"These elections were neither free nor fair and did not meet international standards," Charles Michel, the

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