The deputies of the Verkhovna Rada, members of the For Democratic Belarus inter-factional association, reacted to the interception of the plane by Belarus and the detention of the Belarusian oppositionist Roman Pratasevich. MP Oleksiy Honcharenko published a joint statement in the Telegram.
"It can be stated that dictator Alexander Lukashenko, by force holding power in Belarus, directly threatens international security taking a passenger plane hostage by threatening. This can be regarded as an act of international terrorism or air piracy," the statement said.
During Lukashenko's de facto leadership of Belarus, Ukrainian parliamentarians are proposing to officially recognize the Belarusian regime as a threat to international security and to suspend all diplomatic contacts with it, except on refugee and political prisoners.
They also demand the immediate cessation of electricity imports from Belarus, the cessation of any flights to or over Belarus, and the preparation of a new package of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine sanctions against regime figures, including Lukashenko himself.
MPs also urged to call Lukashenko "the self-proclaimed president of Belarus" on the official level and to use this definition in official documents.
As it was reported earlier, the founder of the largest opposition telegram channel of Belarus NEXTA, journalist Roman Protasevich, was detained in Minsk. The plane with Roman Protasevich on board flew from Athens to Vilnius. Suddenly, the plane gave a distress signal, changed course and made an emergency landing at the Minsk National Airport. The emergency landing was caused by a mining signal.
Later, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen called for swift sanctions after Belarus’s authoritarian ruler forced a Ryanair plane to land in Minsk and detained a prominent opposition journalist.
The US and a number of European countries urged to suspend flights over Belarus.