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East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson has condemned the regime in Belarus for diverting a plane flying over its territory to arrest an opposition journalist.

Speaking from Westminster the DUP MP said, “This was a blatant act of air piracy designed to abduct a critic of this tyrannical regime. It is a regime that has been emboldened by law-breaking carried out across the world by the Russian regime.

We must see action taken with every possible body, governmental, diplomatic and financial, to send a clear message to Belarus. There can be no tolerance of such reprehensible behaviour and there will be financial, personal and political consequences for those involved.”