Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the arrest of a Belarusian journalist over the weekend, and mentioned Canada will consider whether or not additional sanctions in opposition to the nation are warranted.
Journalist Roman Protasevich was on board RyanAir Flight 4978 from Greece to Lithuania on Sunday when the airplane made an surprising touchdown within the Belarus capital. The Belarus authorities reportedly instructed the airplane’s captain there was a bomb menace in opposition to the flight and ordered it to land.
As soon as on the bottom, Belarus authorities arrested Protasevich and his girlfriend, Sofia Sapega. Three different unidentified passengers additionally left the flight, and there’s hypothesis they had been KGB brokers.
Protasevich, 26, is a well known critic of the Belarusian authorities and President Alexander Lukashenko.
The airplane was later allowed to proceed its journey to Lithuania.
Trudeau referred to as the Belerusian incursion on business aviation disturbing.
“The behaviour of the Belarus regime is illegitimate … and utterly unacceptable. We condemn it and name for his speedy launch,” Trudeau mentioned.
Canada already has sanctions in place in opposition to Belarus, and Trudeau mentioned he’ll be “evaluating” whether or not to implement extra.
European Union leaders agreed Monday to ramp up sanctions in opposition to Belarus, with officers expressing concern that Belarus diverted the flight by an EU service travelling between two member international locations.
The EU has banned Belarusian airways from utilizing the airspace of its 27 member states or touchdown at their airports. The EU has additionally discouraged its airways from flying over Belarusian airspace.
RyanAir CEO Michael O’Leary instructed Irish radio on Monday that the incident was basically “state-sponsored hijacking.”
Our up to date assertion concerning yesterday’s (23 Could) diversion of FR4978. pic.twitter.com/BANHrDvXMq
— Ryanair Press Workplace (@RyanairPress) May 24, 2021
On Tuesday, the Belarus embassy in Canada introduced it was closing as of September 1, 2021. The embassy has been open since 1997. Canadians needing visas or different paperwork for journey to Belarus are suggested to go to the embassy in New York as an alternative.