President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has instructed border guards to completely close the border with Ukraine. He stated this during the celebrations of the country's Independence Day, BelTA reports.
"A huge amount of weapons comes from Ukraine to Belarus. That's why I instructed border guards to completely close the border with Ukraine," Lukashenko said.
As we reported earlier, on May 23, 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.
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.
Head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen threatened with sanctions the Belarusian officials responsible for the incident with the plane.
The U.S. and a number of the EU countries demand to stop the flights over Belarus, including the flights to the country itself.
On May 26, Ukraine also announced the termination of flights to Belarus.