Japan closes its airspace for Belarusian planes and recommends national airlines not use the airspace of Belarus. Chief Cabinet Secretary of the Cabinet of Ministers of Japan Katsunobu Kato stated this, as NHK reports.
According to Kato, the government made this decision after the incident with the Ryanair plane in Minsk.
"The possibility that a similar case will occur in the future cannot be ruled out," he said.
Kato also stated that the actions of the Belarusian authorities fall under the violation of the Convention on International Civil Aviation.
As it was reported, 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.
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.
Ukraine also closed its airspace for Belarusian planes on May 29.