Belarus is ready to resume a partnership dialogue with Ukraine, but now everything depends on Kyiv's position. This was stated by the Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko in an interview with Belarus 1 TV channel on Saturday, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“At any time we are ready to sit down at the negotiating table with Ukraine and return to the partnership format that existed before. But the ball is now on Ukrainian territory,” the head of the Belarusian government said.
According to him, Minsk has repeatedly offered the Ukrainian side to hold negotiations, but there was no response.
On May 23, the founder of the largest opposition telegram channel of Belarus NEXTA, journalist Roman Pratasevich, was detained in Minsk. The plane with Roman Pratasevich 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.
The EU stated that the plane of Ryanair Company was forced to land at Minsk Airport due to the actions of the Belarusian military aircraft. CEO of Ryanair Michael O'Leary stated that the forcible landing of Athens-Vilnius flight in Belarus was highjacking backed by the state.
Ukraine stopped air traffic with Belarus on May 26; on May 29, Ukraine closed its air space for Belarusian planes.