The Belarusian government created diplomatic shockwaves on Sunday after it forced a plane flying over its territory to land in the Belarus capital of Minsk, in order to arrest Roman Protasevich, an opposition journalist.
The move has prompted a chorus of outrage from Western countries.
What exactly happened and how are world leaders responding? Here’s what you need to know.
World leaders have a duty to respond constructively to the present threat and to try to generate some kind of exploratory negotiations before the Russian dictator gets creative with his chemistry set.