The US government is aware of the decision of the Belarusian authorities to close the border with Ukraine and promises to hold the government of President Alexander Lukashenko accountable for its actions. This was announced on Friday by a senior official from the administration of US President Joe Biden, Reuters reports.
"It appears the Lukashenko regime is once again seeking to deflect attention away from its campaign of repression against its people. We will continue to stand with the Belarusan people and hold the regime accountable," the official said.
Lukashenko on Friday ordered the full closure of the country's border with Ukraine, seeking to block what he called an inflow of weapons to coup-plotters detected by his security services.
"A huge amount of weapons comes from Ukraine to Belarus. That's why I instructed border guards to completely close the border with Ukraine," Lukashenko said.
As we reported earlier, on May 23, the founder of the largest opposition telegram channel of Belarus NEXTA, journalist Roman Protasevich, was detained in Minsk.
The U.S. and a number of the EU countries demand to stop the flights over Belarus, including the flights to the country itself.
On May 26, Ukraine also announced the termination of flights to Belarus.