Biden said that Belarus's forced diversion of a commercial Ryanair flight, and subsequent removal and arrest of Raman Pratasevich, a Belarusian journalist traveling overseas, are a direct affront to worldwide norms.
European leaders on Monday agreed to impose sectoral sanctions on Belarus and to bar E.U. airlines from flying over the country as well as banning Belarus's national airline from flying over or landing in E.U. territory.
Journalist Roman Protasevich was detained in Minsk after his flight, carrying around 100 passengers travelling from Athens in Greece, was rerouted while in Belarus airspace from its scheduled destination of Vilnius, Lithuania, to the Belarusian capital on the orders of Alexander Lukashenko.
BRUSSELS, May 25 ― Western powers prepared to pile sanctions on Belarus and cut off its aviation links yesterday, furious after it scrambled a warplane to intercept a Ryanair aircraft and arrest a dissident journalist, an act one official denounced as "state piracy".
In the Commons, he told MPs: "The Belarusian authorities claim this was in relation to an alleged bomb threat". As a result of the Ryanair incident, Vilnius on Monday announced it will ban flights to or from Lithuanian airports from crossing through Belarusian airspace.
"We don't resort to these methods, which could be the doing of some suspicious parties that aim to demonize Hamas and foil the state of world sympathy with our Palestinian people and their legitimate resistance", the Hamas spokesman said.
"We asked him what was going on... he said: 'The death penalty awaits me here'".
He added: "We are urgently seeking full details of precisely what took place in relation to Flight FR4978, but the scenario, as reported, is a shocking assault on civil aviation and assault on global law".
And shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy said the incident risks creating "an extraordinarily risky precedent that will put journalists, dissidents and activists from the United Kingdom or anywhere else at risk".
In the video released overnight, Protasevich can be seen seated at a desk in a dark hooded sweatshirt.
"The president instructed the government to work out a decision on the termination of direct flights between Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus", the presidency said in a statement.
"We are extremely concerned about this [incident] and the Secretary of State [Antony Blinken] has called for this to be fully investigated, and for a convening of a body called ICAO [International Civil Aeronautics Organization]", Buttigieg told CNN.
The airline's CEO, Michael O'Leary, as well as Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, have already slammed the incident as a "state-sponsored hijacking".
She added the administration condemned what she called the "shocking act" of diverting a flight to detain a journalist.
In a tweet, Johnson said Belarus's actions "will have consequences".
The EU, along with the United States, Britain and Canada had already imposed asset freezes and travel bans on nearly 90 Belarusian officials, including President Alexander Lukashenko, following an August election that opponents and the West say was a sham.
"And I think that the incident has to be thoroughly investigated by the worldwide aviation authorities".