Neither the Greek authorities nor Athens Airport received information about a "bomb" aboard a Ryanair plane that was forcibly landed at Minsk airport. The press service of the Civil Aviation Authority of Greece stated this, as LIFO reports.
“The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) informs that the information that sees the light of day about the alleged information of the Athens International Airport or the Greek authorities about the existence of any threat on the flight of RYANAIR, is completely false, non-existent, and completely misleading,” the statement says.
On May 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 incident with the 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.