Leaders of the European Union and the United States immediately responded to sentence former presidential candidate Andrei Sanikavu and four other Belarusian opposition.
May Katsyyanchych, spokesman for the High Representative of the European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in an interview with Radio Liberty, said:
"The High Representative strongly condemns the sentencing on political grounds the former presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov. She is also deeply concerned about the other conviction. Today had been convicted yet least three people. This clearly demonstrates the strong deterioration in human rights and democratic principles in Belarus after the presidential elections in December last year. We believe that the politically motivated persecution, arrest, detention and Trials democratic opposition, civil society and the media are totally unacceptable. High Commissioner calls on the Belarusian authorities to immediately stop pressure, and she repeats the EU's willingness to apply targeted restrictions in all areas of cooperation with Belarus. "
On behalf of the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, his representative Robert Holland told our Radio:
"The President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek would like to express its profound solidarity with Mr Sannikov, his family and all other political prisoners, prisoners disgracefully in Belarus. This is the vengeance of the regime for their courage and openness. People like Sannikov rebelling against a regime that is not worth for his country, his people. The President of the European Parliament and the European Parliament calling for the immediate release of all political prisoners. "
U.S. Department of State also condemned today's "politically motivated" Sannikov sentence, noting that he considered him and other prisoners of candidates by political prisoners.