Strong criticism and sanctions against Lukashenko for diverting a flight and “kidnapping” an opposition journalist

The US and Europe have warned Belarus that there will be “consequences” for the arrest of the opponent of the Roman Protasevich regime.

The international community has reacted with indignation to the decision of the President of Belarus, Alexadr Lukashenko, from divert a commercial flight and force his landing in Minsk to arrest a known opponent and has called for his release and for this unprecedented incident to be investigated.

The EU has asked to bring out a international research on the diversion and forced landing, the consequences of which, including sanctions, will be debated this Monday by the Twenty-seven. The Government of Belarus has ensured that international standards were “fully met” by diverting this plane.

This incident occurred on a Ryanair airline flight flying from Athens to Vilnius and which, by direct order of Lukashenko, landed in Minsk to arrest the journalist opposed to the regime. Roman Protasevich.

Convictions of what is considered to represent a clear violation of international transport rules they did not wait. Among the most resounding those of the United States and the European Union, which have warned that there will be consequences.

The US Secretary of State, Antony blinken, demanded the immediate release of the journalist and advanced that his Government is coordinating closely on this matter with its allies, including those responsible for the EU, Greece and Lithuania.

Given the indications that the crash landing was based on falsehoods, Washington supports a meeting as soon as possible of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to address this event.

“Absolutely unacceptable”

From the EU, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, announced that “unprecedented incident” It will be discussed at the extraordinary summit, scheduled for this Monday and Tuesday in Brussels.

This “incident will not be without consequences “Michel said in a statement in which he launched “an appeal to the Belarusian authorities to immediately release the detained passenger and to fully guarantee his rights.”

“Any violation of international air transport regulations must have consequences,” tweeted the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who considered the incident of “absolutely unacceptable”.

The outrageous and illegal behavior of the regime in Belarus will have consequences.

Those responsible for the #Ryanair hijacking must be sanctioned.

Journalist Roman Protasevich must be released immediately.

EUCO will discuss tomorrow action to take.

– Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) May 23, 2021

The EU calls for an investigation

Also the High Representative for EU Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, described as “totally unacceptable” what happened and held the Government of Belarus responsible “for the safety of all passengers.”

In fact, this Monday in an interview on Onda Cero Borrell has described what happened as “kidnapping” and has anticipated that a international research on the diversion and forced landing, the consequences of which, including sanctions, will be debated this Monday by the Twenty-seven.

And the secretary general of NATO, Jens stoltenbergsaid on Twitter that it was a “serious and dangerous incident that requires an international investigation. “

France described the maneuver of the Belarusian authorities as “unacceptable” and, through its Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, asked “a firm and united response from Europeans. “

“Redouble the pressure”

The President of Lithuania, Nauseated Gypsies, demanded the immediate release of Protasevich, while the German Foreign Minister, Heiko maas, he tweeted that what happened “cannot be left without clear consequences” by the European Union.

From Greece, from where the diverted plane departed, the prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, called for the summit of European leaders to address the need to “redouble the pressure” on Belarus.

In addition, the Greek Foreign Ministry condemned “the hijacking” of the Ryanair airline flight, on which they were 171 passengers, including 11 Hellenic citizens, and stressed that this act endangered the lives of all of them.

Austria joined in the sentences, demanded the urgent release of the detainee and called for “an independent and international investigation”.