The White House said on Friday that the State Department had issued a Level 4 warning not to travel to U.S. citizens, urging them not to travel to Belarus. The FAA also warned US passenger carriers “to exercise extreme caution when considering flying in Belarusian airspace.”
The United States will also reimpose sanctions against nine Belarusian state-owned companies, the statement said. The White House said it is also coordinating with the European Union and other allies to develop targeted sanctions against Lukashenka and members of his regime “associated with continued human rights violations and corruption, to the falsification of the 2020 elections and the events of May 23. . ”
“We call on Lukashenka to allow a credible international investigation into the events of May 23, to immediately release all political prisoners and to engage in a comprehensive and genuine political dialogue with the leaders of the democratic opposition and the civil society groups that will lead to the conduct of free and fair presidential elections under the auspices and control of the OSCE, ”said the White House.
State Secretary Antony Blinken had previously condemned Belarus’ actions.
“This shocking act,” Blinken said on Sunday, “carried out by the Lukashenka regime endangered the lives of more than 120 passengers, including US citizens. The first reports suggesting the involvement of Belarusian security services and the use of Belarusian military planes to escort the plane are deeply worrying and require further investigation.