Six U.N. Security Council members - Estonia, France, Ireland, Norway, Britain and the United States - condemned on May 26 the interception of a plane by Belarus as “a blatant attack on international civilian aviation safety and European security.” Reuters reported this.
They issued the joint statement after Estonia, France and Ireland raised the incident in a private meeting of the 15-member Security Council.
The six members also called for an investigation by the International Civil Aviation Organization and the release of a dissident journalist who was on the flight.
According to the agency, diplomats say that Security Council action is unlikely because veto-power Russia can shield its ally 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.