Belarusian opposition calls for a "civil disobedience campaign" after Alexander Lukashenko took oath as president despite weeks of protests against "rigged election".
EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell says there is a clear will to adopt the sanctions, but the required unanimity was not reached, despite a plea for support from opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.
Tens of thousands of opposition supporters march in capital Minsk and elsewhere despite authorities deploying a heavy police presence and arresting more than 100 protesters.
Belarus opposition politician Maria Kolesnikova says security officers put a bag over her head and threatened to kill her when they tried to forcibly deport her to Ukraine this week after having abducted her in Minsk. She is still in detention.
Opposition leaders have either been detained or forced to leave the country as massive protests - a first of their kind - gather steam.
Protest leader Maria Kolesnikova is not in police custody, officials confirm after reports that she had been forcefully taken by unidentified people in central Minsk.
Tens of thousands of Belarusians staged a peaceful new march on September 6, keeping the pressure on strongman Alexander Lukashenko, who has refused to quit after his disputed re-election and turned to Russia for help to stay in power.
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania place travel sanctions on 30 top officials in Belarus, including President Alexander Lukashenko.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says that he stands ready to send police to Belarus if protests there turn violent, but sees no such need yet.
Lithuania has eased coronavirus restrictions to provide Belarus activists protesting against President Lukashenko's sixth re-election a place of refuge in light of violent crackdown on mass demonstrations.
Russian President Putin promises military support for close ally and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, while urging a peaceful resolution to the crisis following disputed August 9 vote.
As the countdown to regional elections begins, the Russian economy shows no positive signs and Moscow’s close ally of Belarus descends into political chaos.
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