Joe Biden condemned the plane hijacking in Belarus and backed European sanctions against the Lukashenko regime.


Joe Biden condemned the plane hijacking in Belarus and backed European sanctions against the Lukashenko regime.

The European Union (EU) has agreed to impose sanctions on Belarus, including the use of airspace and airports in the 27-nation national bloc, amid fury over the forced diversion of a passenger jet to arrest an opposition journalist. 

The US president called the episode "scandalous" and said he asked his team to develop "appropriate options to hold those responsible to account." In addition, he called for the release of the opposition Roman Protasevich, who could face 15 years in prison.

US President Joe Biden on Monday criticized Belarus for forcing a flight from Greece to Lithuania to land in Minsk, where an angry journalist on board was arrested.

After Biden "confessed" to allegations of mass riots on Belarusian television, after airing a video on Belarusian television, Biden said that the video and the video, which Roman Protasevich had pressured, are shameful attacks on both political dissent and freedom of the press.

I welcome the news that the EU is implementing targeted economic sanctions and other measures, and I have asked my team to consider the appropriate options for holding those responsible accountable," Biden said in a statement. 

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus's powerful leader, sent a fighter jet on Sunday to board a Ryanair flight from Athens to Valenzuela with 26-year-old Protasovich and his girlfriend, Sofia Sapega.

EU leaders agreed on Monday to cut off air links with Belarus. The bloc said it would adopt more "targeted economic sanctions" against Belarusian authorities to add to the regime's 88 figures and seven companies already blacklisted by the repression of the opposition.

Television footage recorded Protasevich, who could face up to 15 years in the penitentiary, with black marks on his forehead, and stated he was being used according to the law.

Biden said the United States had joined countries around the world in demanding his release as well as the release of hundreds of political prisoners.

The White House added that national security adviser Jake Sullivan had spoken with exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya to convey Full US support for the demands of the people of Belarus for the republic, human rights, and fundamental freedoms.