Belarus pressured a passenger aircraft en route from Athens to Vilnius to land in Minsk in get to arrest a journalist significant of the authorities.
In accordance to state media, an MiG-29 was employed to intercept the airplane and land it in Minsk.
Greece’s overseas minister Nikos Dendias spoke by cellular phone with Lithuania FM Glands Bergis, who informed him on the problems less than which the Ryanair plane was compelled to land in Minsk and on the Lithuanian side’s attempts to transport passengers to Vilnius.
The European Union mentioned the compelled landing of a Ryanair flight in Belarus to detain an opposition activist on-board has been described as “utterly unacceptable” by the European Fee president. Journalist, blogger and activist Roman Protasevich who ran an opposition social media Telegram channel called Nexta, was detained on arrival at the airport.
Roman Protasevich, the Vilnius-primarily based arrested journalist, now faces a death penalty.
He is a known supporter of opposition determine Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.
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