US President Joe Biden has instructed to bring to justice those responsible for the incident that occurred on May 23 in Belarus, when a Ryanair plane was landed at the Minsk airport under the pretext of a terrorist threat and Belarusian opposition leader Roman Protasevich was arrested. According to the head of state, the incident is a вЂњdirect insult to international normsвЂќ.
вЂњI join the numerous calls for an international investigation and to establish all the circumstances of this case. I welcome the news that the European Union has called for targeted economic sanctions and other measures and asked my team to develop appropriate options for bringing those responsible to justice in close coordination with the EU, other allies and partners, as well as international organizations,вЂќ Biden said in a statement released by the White House press service.
The US president called the arrest of Belarusian opposition leader Protasevich вЂњ a shameful attack on political dissent and freedom of the press.вЂќ Biden said that вЂњ the United States joins countries around the world in calling for his release, as well as for the release of hundreds of political prisoners who are being unfairly detained by the Lukashenko regime.вЂќ
The US president's National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan, said that Washington and its allies are working together to bring Alyaksandr Lukashenka to justice. He discussed this issue with Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, a participant in the Belarusian presidential campaign in 2020, who was previously identified by the US parliament as a representative of Belarus (denying legitimacy to the "Lukashenko regimeвЂќ).
Representatives of the EU countries also condemned the official Minsk for the incident on May 23. The ambassadors of Belarus were summoned to explain. Airlines of the EU and other countries have stopped flights in the airspace of Belarus and refused to accept Belarusian planes of the state monopoly вЂњBelaviaвЂќ.