The White Home on Friday mentioned the Division of State has issued a Degree 4 Do Not Journey Warning to U.S. residents, urging them to not journey to Belarus. The FAA additionally warned U.S. passenger carriers “to train excessive warning when contemplating flying in Belarusian airspace.”
The U.S. may even re-impose sanctions in opposition to 9 Belarusian state-owned enterprises, the assertion mentioned. The White Home mentioned it’s also coordinating with the European Union and different allies to develop focused sanctions in opposition to Lukashenka and members of his regime “related to ongoing abuses of human rights and corruption, the falsification of the 2020 election, and the occasions of Could 23.”
“We name on Lukashenka to permit a reputable worldwide investigation into the occasions of Could 23, instantly launch all political prisoners, and enter right into a complete and real political dialogue with the leaders of the democratic opposition and civil society teams that results in the conduct of free and truthful Presidential elections below OSCE auspices and monitoring,” the White Home mentioned.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken had beforehand condemned Belarus’ actions.
“This stunning act,” Blinken mentioned Sunday, “perpetrated by the Lukashenka regime endangered the lives of greater than 120 passengers, together with U.S. residents. Preliminary experiences suggesting the involvement of the Belarusian safety companies and using Belarusian army plane to escort the aircraft are deeply regarding and require full investigation.”