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Ukraine's incomes could grow after shutdown of air traffic with Belarus, - official

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Parliament has an idea or two about making money on new transit transport charges
18:35, 1 June 2021

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The halt of air transit across Belarus can potentially add to Ukraine's incomes. Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of President's Office reported that in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine

"Ceasing the air transit across Belarus can potentially increase our incomes. That, by the way, concerns ground transit. Our taxes and transport committees of the Parliament have ideas on implementation of transit transport charges, which would let us make some money", Tymoshenko said.

On May 23, Belarusian Air Force fighter jet intercepted the Ryanair passenger plance, which was on its way from Athens to Vilnius. The civilian aircraft performed a forced landing in Minsk airport. Two people who traveled aboard that plane were arrested upon the landing; they were opposition journalist Roman Pratasevich and his girlfriend Sofia Sapega.

Related: Union of Russia, Belarus is dangerous for Ukraine, - Zelensky

The EU claimed that the Ryanair airplane had to land in Minsk due to the actions of Belarusian military plane. Michael O'Leary, the Ryanair CEO claimed that the forced landing was an "act of kidnapping sponsored by the state". Ukrainian, EU and U.S. high officials threatened with restrictions, and eventually introduced them; in particular, they ceased the air traffic with Belarus and closed its airspace for Belarusian planes.

Related: Pratasevich's girlfriend detained in Belarus can be pardoned or extradited to Russian Federation, - Foreign Ministry

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