US President George W. Biden sharply criticized Belarus’ actions and called on his advisers to identify those responsible.
Washington: US President George W. Biden has condemned the detention of a passenger plane for arresting a journalist. He has strongly criticized Belarus’ actions and called on its advisers to identify those responsible.
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According to Biden, he welcomed the talk of imposing economic sanctions on Belarus by the European Union. He has rocked his team to identify the culprits. Biden said the United States has also included Belarusian journalist Raman Pratasevich and thousands of other political prisoners.
The journalist and his girlfriend got off the plane
Notably, in the past, Belarus has sent its own fighter jets to arrest an anti-government journalist. The journalist was on a passenger plane from Greece to Lithuania. But during this time, the plane was forced to land in Minsk, Belarus. The journalist and his girlfriend were then taken off the plane. According to reports, all this was done at the behest of the President of Belarus. According to media reports, a MIG-29 fighter jet was sent from Belarus to forcibly divert the flight.
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The decision to cancel flights
Western nations have strongly condemned Belarus’ actions. European countries have called the operation a “terrorist” incident. Following the incident, the European Union imposed economic sanctions and decided to suspend flights. Not only that, Belarus airlines will no longer be able to use European airspace and airports.
Roman Protsevich, a 26-year-old journalist, was on a Ryanair passenger plane heading to Lithuania. But Belarus forcibly diverted the flight to the capital, Minsk. Journalist arrested. In the end, the plane reached its destination Lithuania with a delay of six hours.