Putin offers Belarus leader support against West in Ryanair plane standoff

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday offered his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko support in his standoff with the West over his handling of the grounding of a passenger jet and the arrest of a dissident blogger. The West has accused Belarus of piracy after Belarusian air traffic control on Sunday informed the Ryanair pilot ofContinue reading “Putin offers Belarus leader support against West in Ryanair plane standoff”

Hard to believe Russia was not involved in Belarus plane ‘hijacking’ – NATO secretary-general

NATO has called the incident which led to the detention of journalist Roman Protasevich a “state-sponsored hijacking”. Jens Stoltenberg told Sky News: “We know the very close relationship between Russia and Belarus and therefore it’s hard to believe that the regime in Minsk could do something like this without any kind of coordination with Russia.” He made the commentsContinue reading “Hard to believe Russia was not involved in Belarus plane ‘hijacking’ – NATO secretary-general”

Russia refuses to allow European planes to land in Moscow

Retaliation over Belarus airspace row results in cancellation of flights from French and Austrian carriers Russia has retaliated against a ban on carriers entering Belarus’s airspace by refusing to grant permission to European planes flying to Moscow. In an apparent escalation by the Kremlin, Russian aviation authorities forced Austrian Airlines to cancel its flight fromContinue reading “Russia refuses to allow European planes to land in Moscow”

‘Bomb Threat’ That Justified Belarus Hijacking Came 24 Minutes After

An exclusively obtained record shows that the Ryanair ‘Hamas bomb’ email—which the Belarus president said prompted the jet landing—was sent after the crew was told of a ‘threat.’ The Daily Beast, in collaboration with the Dossier Center, has exclusively obtained the original bomb threat email Alexander Lukashenko now claims was sent by the Palestinian militant group Hamas, allegedlyContinue reading “‘Bomb Threat’ That Justified Belarus Hijacking Came 24 Minutes After”

Girlfriend of Belarusian blogger ‘confesses’ in video, opposition cries foul

The girlfriend of a Belarusian blogger detained with him on Sunday after a plane they were travelling on was forced to land in Belarus appeared in a video on Tuesday evening in which she made a confession that the opposition said looked forced. Speaking fast and looking uncomfortable, Sofia Sapega, a Russian citizen and theContinue reading “Girlfriend of Belarusian blogger ‘confesses’ in video, opposition cries foul”

Macron wants Belarus opposition to join G7 summit

French President Emmanuel Macron would like to invite the Belarus opposition to the Group of Seven summit due to be held next month in Cornwall, if host country Britain agrees, the French presidency said on Tuesday. Western countries are keen to show their support for opponents of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko after authorities in MinskContinue reading “Macron wants Belarus opposition to join G7 summit”

EU imposes sanctions on Belarus over ‘hijacked’ Ryanair flight

The blogger arrested by Belarus was shown on state TV Monday. European countries have moved to sanction Belarus and ban its state airline from flying to Europe as they sought to punish President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime for forcing a Ryanair passenger flight to land in the country so it could arrest a leading dissident onboard. The internationalContinue reading “EU imposes sanctions on Belarus over ‘hijacked’ Ryanair flight”

Lithuania launches terrorism investigation into the plane diversion

Lithuanian prosecutors launched a criminal investigation into the forced landing of a Ryanair flight to Vilnius in Minsk, the General Prosecutors office said in a statement on Sunday. The charges under investigation include hijacking of a plane for terrorism purposes and treatment of humans in violation of international treaties, it said in the statement. LithuanianContinue reading “Lithuania launches terrorism investigation into the plane diversion”

RYANAIR BOSS CALLS DIVERSION INCIDENT ‘STATE SPONSORED PIRACY’ AS LATVIA BANS BELARUS OVERFLIGHTS

The boss of Ryanair has called the forced landing of a jet in Minsk to detain a dissident journalist “state-sponsored hijacking”. Ryanair flight 4978 was flying from Athens to Vilnius, Lithuania, when it was forced to divert to Minsk because air-traffic controllers in Belarus told the pilots of a “potential security threat on board”. There were more than 120 passengers onboard the Boeing 737Continue reading “RYANAIR BOSS CALLS DIVERSION INCIDENT ‘STATE SPONSORED PIRACY’ AS LATVIA BANS BELARUS OVERFLIGHTS”

Belarus accused of ‘hijacking’ Ryanair flight diverted to arrest blogger

Roman Protasevich is wanted for organising last year’s protests against Alexander Lukashenko Belarus has been accused of hijacking a European jetliner and engaging in an act of state terrorism when it forced a Ryanair flight to perform an emergency landing in Minsk after a bomb threat and arrested an opposition blogger critical of authoritarian presidentContinue reading “Belarus accused of ‘hijacking’ Ryanair flight diverted to arrest blogger”

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