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Sat May 29, 2021, 12:32 PM

U.S. to Reimpose Sanctions on Belarus Over Forced Plane Landing

The Biden administration said late Friday that it would reimpose economic sanctions on certain state-owned companies in Belarus, the latest diplomatic pushback from a Western government after the country’s authoritarian leader forced down a European passenger jet last weekend

The plane, a Ryanair Boeing 737 headed from Greece to Lithuania, was traveling through Belarusian airspace on Sunday when it was diverted and forced to land in Minsk, the capital, with an escort from a fighter jet. Roman Protasevich, a Belarusian opposition journalist who had been living in exile abroad, was detained along with his girlfriend after the plane landed.

Belarus’s president, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, a brutal and eccentric strongman, has claimed that he rerouted the plane because of an emailed bomb threat, not to seize Mr. Protasevich. But a Swiss email provider has said that the email cited by the Belarusian authorities was sent after the plane had already been diverted.

Leaders of European Union countries, outraged by what some called a state hijacking, have pledged to impose new economic sanctions against Mr. Lukashenko’s government and have begun severing direct air links to Belarus. President Biden this week directed his team “to develop appropriate options to hold accountable those responsible” for the forced landing, in coordination with the European Union and other partners.


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Sat May 29, 2021, 02:17 PM

1. and expelling a couple of 'diplomats?'

this should be met with a harsh response from the U.S. -- and 100% support for EU and their sanctions.

( and, please, let's hear from all the 'whataboutism' 'we-do-things-too' Putin apologists -- following his public backing for this commercial hijacking. )

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