The White House has called on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to release all political prisoners and hold talks with the opposition. The aim is to call for free and fair presidential elections in Belarus.
The European Union is angry about Belarus. According to Juro, the chances of Pratasevich’s release are slim
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The U.S. administration did not specify which Belarusian companies would be allowed. The first US sanctions against Belarus came into force in 2006, according to the DPA news agency.
On Sunday, the Belarusian Air Force forced a Ryanair plane to land in Minsk on its way from Athens to Vilnius. Belarusian officials say they did so on suspicion of bombing. However, security forces detained opposition journalist Raman Pradasevik and his girlfriend on board.
The incident was condemned by the West, and many politicians did not hesitate to label the actions of the Belarusian regime as acts of theft, kidnapping or state terrorism. Several EU countries, including the Czech Republic, later banned the Belarusian airline Belavia from landing within its borders, and EU carriers began to avoid Belarusian airspace.
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