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NATO SAYS RYANAIR’S DEVIATION BY BELARUS IS “SERIOUS AND DANGEROUS INCIDENT”

Ryanair plane was flying between Greece and Lithuania

The NATO secretary-general today considered that the allegedly forced diversion of a plane through Belarus, where a journalist and opposition activist was following, is “a serious and dangerous incident that requires international investigation”.

“This is a serious and dangerous incident that requires international investigation. Belarus must guarantee the safe return of the crew and all passengers ”, underlined NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, on the social network Twitter.

The Ryanair plane was flying between Greece and Lithuania, two NATO member countries.

According to a publication also on Twitter, by the European Commissioner for Transport, Adina Valean, the plane has already taken off from Minsk to Lithuania.

The flight attendant did not, however, mention the fate of opposition activist Roman Protassevich, who was arrested after the plane was forced to divert in Minsk.

Several European countries have already demanded an explanation from Belarus after a Belarusian fighter plane intercepted a plane today that was following the journalist and opposition activist Roman Protasevich, who ended up being detained at Minsk airport.

Roman Protasevich, whose Nexta channel on the social network Telegram became the main source of information in the first weeks of anti-government protests after the August 2020 presidential elections, traveled from Athens to Vilnius and was eventually arrested by the Belarusian authorities when the approximately 120 passengers Ryanair aircraft were forced to undergo a new check-in Minsk due to an alleged bomb warning.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen considered the forced landing in Minsk of the Ryanair plane from Athens to Vilnius “totally unacceptable” and stressed that “any violation of international air transport rules must have consequences”.

Source: with Agencies

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