"Belarus produces a great deal of potassium, is one of the world's biggest suppliers," Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said. "I think it would hurt Lukashenko a great deal if we accomplished something there."
The State Department advisory warns against travel to Belarus due to "the arbitrary enforcement of laws, risk of detention and COVID-19."
Lukashenko said the journalist and his associates were working with foreign intelligence agencies to "organize a massacre and a bloody rebellion in Belarus."
The Global Times, a paper controlled by the Chinese government, published an editorial on Wednesday which stated that China and Russia keep a strong bond because of "the U.S. and its main allies' suppression of the two countries."
"I acted in a lawful way, protecting people in line with international rules," Lukashenko said.
Alexander Lukashenko told the Belarusian parliament that his country faced a "multifaceted, multilevel terror."
World leaders from the U.S., Canada, the EU and elsewhere have all made statements condemning Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko's actions.
"We do not know where he is and in what condition," Svetlana Tikhanouskaya said on Monday.
The EU imposed sanctions on Belarus following the arrest of activist and journalist Raman Pratasevich, banning Belarusian airlines from using the airspace and airports of the 27-nation bloc.
"This is how Roman looks like under physical and moral pressure," said exiled Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.
"This outrageous incident and the video Mr. Pratasevich appears to have made under duress are shameful assaults on both political dissent and the freedom of the press," Biden stated.
Putin and Biden's tentative first summit next month may be a showdown on numerous tense issues even prior to Sunday's Belarus Ryanair incident.
A bomb threat was allegedly used so that Belarusian authorities could arrest a passenger, Raman Pratasevich, 26, a journalist and prominent critic who ran a popular messaging app that played a key role in helping organize massing protests against the authoritarian leader.
"It's an independent state. If they see a threat to their security, then they must fight this threat," said Russian lawmaker Leonid Kalashnikov.
Lithuania-based journalist Roman Protasevich was arrested in Belarus after his plane was forcibly landed in Minsk.
One post caption alleged Roman Protasevich told a Ryanair flight attendant: "Don't do this. They will kill me."
Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary called the incident "a case of state-sponsored hijacking" and "state-sponsored piracy."
"Any violation of international air transport rules must bear consequences," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.
Four German lawyers said in a news conference that they filed a complaint against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and state security forces with the Germany Federal Public Prosecutor's Office in Karlsruhe on behalf of 10 Belarusian dissidents who said they were tortured.
Betting the United States wouldn't agree to the terms, Lukashenko said Belarus would hold an early election on the same day as the U.S.
The film has been viewed nearly four million times on YouTube and outlines the authoritarian leader's palaces and cars.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko lashed out at "very powerful forces" stoking "a rebellion based on the blitzkrieg principle" against his administration and extolled his country's ties to Russia.
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As protesters pivot to more local action awaiting the spring thaw, activists and journalists are trying to weather the vindictive authoritarian regime.
"We can stand against such a difficult environment only by collective efforts," Belarusian presidentially appointed lawmaker Anatoly Isachenko told fellow members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization.
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya tells Newsweek of her opposition fight against Alexander Lukashenko who hinted on Friday he may stand down.
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya told Newsweek she hopes the president-elect "will fulfill his promises" to target the strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko.
The Democrat condemned the "appalling human rights abuses" and called for tougher sanctions against the Lukashenko regime.
"We're mostly concerned that if those criminals understand that no one can find them behind [their] mask, they'll ramp up the violence against protesters tenfold," an activist told Newsweek.