Biden condemns ‘outrageous’ Belarus forced plane landing, backs sanctions

Biden condemns ‘outrageous’ Belarus forced plane landing, backs sanctions

WASHINGTON– United States President Joe Biden knocked Belarus on Monday for the “outrageous” act of requiring a flight from Greece to Lithuania to land in Minsk where a dissident reporter onboard was apprehended.

“This outrageous incident and the video Mr. Pratasevich appears to have made under duress are shameful assaults on both political dissent and the freedom of the press,” Biden stated, utilizing an alternative spelling of the activist’s name, after Belarusian TELEVISION broadcast video of Roman Protasevich “confessing” to charges of arranging mass discontent.

“I welcome the news that the European Union has called for targeted economic sanctions and other measures, and have asked my team to develop appropriate options to hold accountable those responsible,” Biden included his declaration.

Belarus’s strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko stimulated worldwide outrage by dispatching a fighter jet Sunday to obstruct the Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius bring Protasevich, 26, and his sweetheart Sofia Sapega.

EU leaders concurred Monday to cut air relate to Belarus, and the bloc stated it would embrace more “targeted economic sanctions” versus Belarusian authorities to contribute to the 88 routine figures and 7 business currently on a blacklist over a crackdown on opposition.

The TELEVISION video footage revealed Protasevich– who might deal with 15 years in prison– with dark markings on his forehead, stating he was being dealt with “according to the law.”

“The United States joins countries around the world in calling for his release, as well as for the release of the hundreds of political prisoners who are being unjustly detained by the Lukashenka regime,” Biden stated.

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Biden condemns ‘outrageous’ Belarus forced plane landing, backs sanctions