NATO chief accuses Belarus of hijacking plane, calls for blogger's release
May 25 2021 01:01 PM
Jens Stoltenberg
"There must be an urgent international investigation. And journalist Roman Protasevich and his companion Sofia Sapega must be immediately released," Stoltenberg said.

Reuters/Brussels

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the forced landing of a passenger flight by Belarus amounted to state hijacking and called for both an urgent international investigation and the release of seized dissident journalist Roman Protasevich.
"This is a state hijacking and demonstrates how the regime in Minsk attacks basic democratic rights and cracks down on freedom of expression and independent media," Stoltenberg said in a video statement, also welcoming European Union sanctions.
"There must be an urgent international investigation. And journalist Roman Protasevich and his companion Sofia Sapega must be immediately released," he said.



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