The United States strongly condemned Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko after a RyanAir flight flying from Greece to Lithuania was forced to land in the capital city of Minsk where a journalist critical of the regime was taken off the plane:
We strongly condemn the Lukashenka regime's brazen and shocking act to divert a commercial flight and arrest a journalist. We demand an international investigation and are coordinating with our partners on next steps. The United States stands with the people of Belarus.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) May 23, 2021