During talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Belarusian head of state Alexander Lukashenko complained about Western pressure. According to Lukashenko, he brought documents that allegedly clarify the story of the landing of the Ryanair plane, Deutsche welle reports.
"I will show you some documents. You will understand what is happening. There is an attempt to shake things up to the level of August last year," Lukashenko said, explaining the sanctions agreed by the European Union due to the forced landing of a Ryanair flight at Minsk airport.
According to President of Beluars, the restrictive measures of Brussels will negatively affect the state-owned airline Belavia, which "has nothing to do" with the incident.
For his part, Putin recalled the situation with the forced landing of the plane of Bolivian President Evo Morales in Vienna in the summer of 2013.
"The president was taken out of the plane and there was nothing: silence," Putin said.
The Bolivian plane made an unscheduled landing due to the fact that the United States assumed that a former American intelligence officer Edward Snowden was on board.
Putin praised Russian-Belarusian ties in the context of integration within the Union State.
The talks between the presidents of Belarus and the Russian Federation Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin in Sochi lasted more than five hours. According to RBC, they started at 18:00 and ended at 23:14.