G7 members vowed to step up efforts to hold Minsk accountable.
The Group of Seven on Thursday condemned Belarus for the incident with a passenger plane that the country’s authorities forced to land to arrest a journalist on board.
“This action jeopardized the safety of the passengers and crew of the flight. It was also a serious violation of the rules governing civil aviation, ” the statement said, issued by the British Foreign Office on behalf of the Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
“We will step up our efforts, including by imposing further sanctions, to establish responsibility for the actions of the Belarusian authorities,” the G7 members added.
Earlier, Minsk’s actions were condemned by many world powers and international organizations, who called the incident “state piracy.” The US State Department recommended that American citizens refrain from traveling to Belarus, and the Joe Biden administration continues to discuss the possible format of sanctions in response to the actions of the Lukashenko regime.