Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov said that the seizure of the Ryanair aircraft in Belarus has all signs of an operation of the Russian special services. He said this during a meeting with the National Security Adviser to the President of the Republic of Lithuania Darius Kuliešius, as the press service of the National Security and Defense Council reports.
"Events in Belarus have become a challenge not only for Europe but for the whole world. The seizure of the Ryanair aircraft in Belarus has all the hallmarks of a Russian intelligence operation. They carry out constant provocations, and if we ignore them, they will move further," Danilov said.
He also added that Ukraine and its Baltic partners should help build a democratic Belarus.
On Mat 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 incidence with 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.