EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The EU and US have in an unusual joint statement threatened to take action against the Belarusian regime unless it begins to release people arrested during post-election protests last weekend.
"The United States and the European Union reiterate their call for the immediate release of the presidential candidates and the over 600 demonstrators who have been taken into custody in the wake of the presidential elections in Belarus," EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and her US counterpart, Hilary Clinton, said in a joint communique on Thursday (23 December).
"We will be assessing the government of Belarus‘s actions to address the current situation and to take developments into account as we review our relations with Belarus," it added. The two ladies are said to have forged a close personal relationship over the past year.
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