German authorities on Friday urged the international community to “isolate” Belarus after the forced landing of a Ryanair plane and the arrest of journalist and dissident Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend, Russian citizen Sofia Sapega.
“The Minsk regime must be isolated at the international level,” said German Vice Chancellor Olafa Sholz, according to the Berliner Morgenpost. He accused the country’s president, Alexander Lukashenko, of “violating international law by demanding that the plane land”.
In this context, he called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “use all his influence over the Belarusian dictator to secure the immediate release of Protasevich and Sapega”.
He also said that his expectations are clear: “Moscow cannot ignore this monstrous act of piracy.” According to the Vice Chancellor, Minsk violated international laws by landing the plane that flew from Greece to Lithuania.
Lukashenko is scheduled to meet with Putin in the Russian city of Sochi on Friday to discuss the matter. The incident led the European Union to condemn the actions and to demand the release of those detained in Belarus, one of Russia’s most important allies.