Presidential elections in Belarus should be conducted in full respect of democratic standards. And to abide by these rules will largely depend on the future relations between Belarus and the European Union.
This was stated by the Commissioner in Minsk in the expansion of the EU and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule, Interfax reports.
"Elections are a kind of democratic stamp on the international passport of the country. Belarus needs this print to show a willingness to cooperate with the EU "- said Fule.
Fule added that the European Union decided on their intentions for further cooperation with Belarus, will, in addition, to monitor issues such as "political prisoners, freedom of assembly and of the press, the death penalty and the implementation of the recommendations of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights OSCE. Progress toward democracy will change the situation in all these key positions, "- said the Commissioner.
Mr Füle said that during his visit to Minsk, "the issue of political prisoners" rose repeatedly.