The members of the European Council will hold a video meeting on Belarus.
The Belarusian opposition leader, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, urged the EU not to recognize Lukashenko as president.
“I call on you not to recognize these fraudulent elections,” she said. “Mr Lukashenko has lost all the legitimacy in the eyes of our nation and the world.”
“The people of Belarus have the right to determine their own future,” wrote the European council president, Charles Michel, in his summit invitation letter to leaders. “To allow for this, violence has to stop and a peaceful and inclusive dialogue has to be launched. The leadership of Belarus must reflect the will of the people. There should be no outside interference.”