The G7 countries demand the immediate and unconditional release of Belarusian opposition activist Roman Protasevich, who was previously detained after a Ryanair plane landed in Belarus, and other journalists and political prisoners held in Belarus. Appropriate statement posted on the website of the US State Department.
The G-7 countries also emphasize that they will intensify their efforts to bring the Belarusian authorities to justice, including further sanctions.
The statement noted that the foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain and the United States, and the EU High Representative, strongly condemned the Belarusian authorities’ actions to arrest Roman Protasevich and his companion, Sofia Sapega.
“These actions endanger the safety of passengers and flight crew. It was also a serious attack on the rules of civil aviation,” the statement said.
Earlier, US President Joe Biden called the incident with the forced landing of a Ryanair plane in Minsk and the arrest of journalist Roman Protasevich “shameful” and “outrageous.”
“The United States is joining countries around the world in calling for his release, as well as the release of hundreds of other political prisoners unjustly held by the Lukashenko regime.” goes in an official statement from the White House.
The US president called the incident with Protasevich “a shameful attack on both political dissent and freedom of the press.”
The statement also said the White House welcomed the news that the European Union had responded by calling for targeted economic sanctions and other measures against Belarus.
How was surprised Radio Svoboda, a Ryanair plane flying from Protasevich to Athens to Vilnius, was forcibly landed in Minsk on May 23. The EU and the US have condemned Protasevich’s detention.
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