The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden intends to impose the sanctions against Belarusian leadership due to the forced landing of Ryanair plane in Minsk on May 23. Press secretary of the White House Jen Psaki said so during the briefing.
Biden's representative explained that the President's team ha been charged to prepare the options of effective actions against Minsk so as to bring Aleksandr Lukashenko's regime in this country to responsibility. Doing so, the U.S. joins efforts with the EU and other international organizations.
Soon after the incident in Minsk airport, it became known that the U.S. parliamentarians and a number of European countries urged all other states to suspend the flights over Belarus.
As it was reported earlier, the founder of the largest opposition telegram channel of Belarus NEXTA, journalist Roman Protasevich, was detained in Minsk. The plane with Roman Protasevich on board flew from Athens to Vilnius. Suddenly, the plane gave a distress signal, changed course and made an emergency landing at the Minsk National Airport. The emergency landing was caused by a mining signal.
Later, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen called for swift sanctions after Belarus’s authoritarian ruler forced a Ryanair plane to land in Minsk and detained a prominent opposition journalist.