Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo stated on Tuesday that the United States is deeply concerned by the reported abduction of Belarusian Coordination Council member Marya Kalesnikava, Spokesman Anton Rodnenkou, and Executive Secretary Ivan Krautsou. The three were reportedly abducted on September 7. The next day there was an attempt to forcefully exile them to Ukraine.

Michael Pompeo commended the courage of Ms. Kalesnikava and the Belarusian people in peacefully asserting their right to pick their leaders in free and fair elections in the face of unjustified violence and repression by the Belarusian authorities.

The Belarusian authorities have brazenly beat peaceful marchers in broad daylight and have detained hundreds. There are also reports of more frequent abductions.

Mike Pompeo warned on Tuesday that the U.S. is considering “additional targeted sanctions” against the regime of strongman President Alexandr Lukashenko.