WASHINGTON (AP) — America on Tuesday proposed sharp restrictions on journey between the U.S. and Belarus, the newest fallout from the forced landing of a passenger jet to arrest a dissident Belarussian journalist.
The Transportation Division mentioned the order would bar airways from promoting tickets for journey between the 2 international locations, with attainable exceptions for humanitarian or nationwide safety causes.
There are not any direct passenger flights between the U.S. and Belarus.
The transfer follows the Could 23 diversion of a Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius, Lithuania, so authorities might arrest journalist Raman Pratasevich after the airplane landed in Minsk. Pratasevich faces a attainable 15-year jail time period. He and his girlfriend have been just lately moved from jail to accommodate arrest.
President Joe Biden has condemned the compelled diversion of the jet by Belarus so it might arrest a dissident journalist as an “outrageous incident” and has joined requires a world investigation.
Final week the European Union imposed new economic sanctions to register concern over the incident. Belarus responded Monday by stopping cooperation in opposition to unlawful migration and banning EU officers.