Belarus Journalist Arrested After RyanAir Flight Forced to Land

US and EU now calling for sanctions against Belarus, an ally of Russia, further increasing international tension.

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It’s a story which has rocked European headlines and diplomatic circles – as 26 year-old opposition journalist Roman Protasevich was arrested in Belarus over the weekend after his RyanAir flight was diverted by Belarusian fighter jets en route from Greece to Lithuania and forced to land in Minsk. Meanwhile, western powers, led by the US and EU, are calling for sanctions against Belarus, an ally of the Russian Federation. 

21WIRE editor Patrick Henningsen talks with RT International about this story, putting it into a wider context, and well as what it means in the wider geopolitical scheme of things.