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Ryanair Holdings Calls Belarus Plane Diversion “Illegal” and “Premeditated”

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  • Following the recent interception of a passenger jet in Belarus due to a bomb threat, recent reports reveal potential ulterior motives of the Belariun government after the email containing the threat was sent out before the plane took flight. 
  • The Ryanair Holdings company angrily responded to Belarus’ actions and arrest of Belariun activist living in exile Roman Protasevich after their refusal to release the names of suspects who were security service agents, calling it “premeditated” and an “illegal and reprehensible action.”
  • The European Union (EU) and United States both backed Ryanair’s statements, calling the incident a “brazen case of interference with civilian aviation.” The EU also urged all it’s airline carriers to avoid flying over Belarus and barred flights from the country into entering.
  • An investigation is currently underway by the International Civil Aviation Organization under the United Nations after demands from different countries for accountability for the actions undertaken in the diversion.
  • In retaliation, Russia, Belarus’ biggest ally, refused access into Moscow from different EU flight carriers. President Vlademir Putin in response to the canceled flights claimed that the “presidential administration does not control air traffic.”
  • In a recent talk in the Russian city of Sochi with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, both claimed of the West’s “applied double standards” and attempts to “stir new unrest” in Belarus. 
  • The EU has continued to deliberatie sanctions to put against Belarus on top of ones already implemented earlier in the year. 

Sources

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-57286259

https://www.wsj.com/articles/ryanair-ceo-calls-belarus-flight-diversion-a-premeditated-hijacking-11622142195

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/27/world/europe/belarus-forced-landing-protasevich.html

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