G7 leaders call for new presidential elections in Belarus

G7 leaders plan to cooperate on the issue of bringing to justice those responsible for the incident with the forced landing of Ryanair aircraft in Minsk.

This is stated in a joint communiqué of the Carbis Bay summit by the leaders of the United States, Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, France, and Japan.

G7 countries expressed deep concern over the fact that the Belarusian authorities continue to violate human rights, fundamental freedoms and international law, as illustrated by the incident with the forced landing of the plane and the arrest of Raman Pratasevich and Sofiya Sapega.

“We will work together to hold those responsible to account, including through imposing sanctions, and to continue to support civil society, independent media, and human rights in Belarus,” the document stresses.

“We call on the regime to change course and implement all the recommendations of the independent expert mission under the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE) Moscow Mechanism; enter into meaningful dialogue with all sectors of society, and hold new free and fair elections,” reads the communiqué.