White House announces sanctions over Belarus' passenger plane interception


The Biden administration on Friday night further condemned Belarus’ May 23 forced take down of a civilian airliner, calling it a “direct affront” to international norms and announcing sanctions against the former Soviet republic.

“Belarus’s forced diversion of a commercial Ryanair flight under false pretenses, traveling between two member states of the European Union, and the subsequent removal and arrest of Raman Pratasevich, a Belarusian journalist, are a direct affront to international norms,” White House

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