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May 24, 2021 

Cotton Statement on Airplane Hijacking in Belarus

Washington, D.C. – Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) released the following statement regarding the recent Ryanair plane grounding in Belarus:

“Belarus’s aerial piracy and possible Russian involvement demand a swift and strong response from NATO and the EU. That response should start with ending the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, Russia’s attempt to gain further coercive leverage over Europe.”