Ukraine will act immediately against any attempts to legitimize the occupation of Crimea by Russia, and if at least one plane of the Belarusian airline flies to the occupied Crimea, sanctions will be inevitable with all the ensuing consequences. This was stated by First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova, Ukrinform reports.
"We will act immediately against any attempts to legitimize the occupation of Crimea by Russia, against any attempts to establish contacts with the so-called "LPR" or "DPR". And if at least one plane of the Belarusian airline finds itself on the territory of the occupied Crimea, sanctions will be inevitable with all the ensuing consequences," Dzhaparova said.
Dzhaparova also noted that the decision to restrict air traffic with Belarus is not political, but concerns security, "after all, the actions of the Belarusian authorities are unpredictable, and we cannot assess in advance all the risks of being in the aviation space of Belarus."
As we reported earlier, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko appealed to Russian leader Vladimir Putin with a request to work out the issue of opening flights to the annexed Crimea.
Lukashenko noted that earlier Belarusians traveled to the peninsula through Ukraine.
"Ukraine has closed the sky for us. We have our own sanatorium in Crimea - in Miskhor, where people have always been going, flying. In order not to aggravate relations, we went through Ukraine - some by train, some by car, some by plane. Now they closed the sky. I told Putin: "Think about how we can get to the Crimea. We will not fly through Poland: they are not letting us through either," Lukashenko said.