Britain and Germany have called for harsh sanctions against the regime of Belarusia's President Alexander Lukashenko.
In a joint editorial, Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague and his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle say the European Union must act against what they called a "serious crisis in the European neighborhood."
The two ministers say they will urge tough EU sanctions against Belarus at a summit of European foreign ministers next week.
This follows a similar call from the Czech Republic on Thursday.
The editorial was published in The Wall Street Journal and German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Friday.
Lukashenko won the Dec. 19 election with nearly 80 percent of the vote, in a poll widely regarded as fraudulent.