Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has demanded that Western countries compensate for the costs associated with the investigation of the landing of the Ryanair flight in Minsk. This is reported by the Belarusian site "BelTA".
вЂњIf you are preparing another package of sanctions, do not forget to compensate for the costs incurred by the Belarusian side during the investigation of the incident,вЂќ he said.
Earlier, Lukashenko said that there was a terrorist on board the plane of the Irish airline Ryanair. According to the head of state, the message about the mining of the Ryanair plane came from Switzerland.
вЂњThe crew consulted with the owners of the plane and the airport in Vilnius, but decided to land in Minsk,вЂќ the president said earlier and asked why other airports did not accept the plane.
Lukashenko also expressed the opinion that the U-turn maneuver looks illogical.
вЂњI acted legally, protecting people, according to all international rules,вЂќ he stressed.
According to the President, the information that the Belarusian authorities forced the plane to land using MiG-29 fighters is an absolute lie. The Head of State clarified that the task of the fighters is to provide communication and bring the passenger plane to land in case of a critical situation.
Earlier, Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko, speaking to the National Assembly of the country, said that in response to the sanctions policy of the West, Belarus is ready to respond by imposing restrictions on transit for Western countries.
On May 23, the founder of the NEXTA Telegram channel, Roman Protasevich, was detained by Belarusian law enforcement agencies after an emergency landing of an Irish Ryanair plane en route from Athens to Vilnius. It was also reported about the detention of his girlfriend, Russian Sofia Sapegi.
In Belarus, Protasevich is charged with several counts, including organizing mass riots. The Telegram channel NEXTA is recognized by the Belarusian authorities as extremist.
The summit of EU leaders decided to ban Belarusian airlines from flying to EU airports and flying over its territory. The decision has not yet entered into force, as it must be agreed and approved by the EU Council at the ministerial level.