The Polish Foreign Ministry summoned the Belarusian ambassador to Warsaw due to the forced landing of the Ryanair plane at the Minsk airport and the detention of the founder of the NEXTA Telegram channel Roman Protasevich. The Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki stated this, as PAP reports.
"I asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs to take decisive action in this matter. The Ambassador of Belarus in Warsaw was immediately summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs," the head of the Polish government said.
Morawiecki demanded the immediate release of Roman Protasevich, as well as Andzhelika Borys, Andrzej Poczobut and other political prisoners.
Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek also announced his decision to summon the Belarusian ambassador on May 24 in connection with the emergency landing of the Ryanair flight in Minsk.
"I have decided that the Belarusian ambassador will be summoned to the Czech Foreign Ministry tomorrow. He will be sharply protested against the absolutely unacceptable step of interrupting the civil flight from Athens to Vilnius in the airspace of Belarus," Kulhanek said on Twitter.
Rozhodl jsem, že zítra na @mzvcr bude předvolán běloruský velvyslanec. Bude mu sdělen ostrý protest s naprosto neakceptovatelným postupem ve věci přerušení civilního letu z Athén do Vilniusu v běloruském vzdušeném prostoru.— Jakub Kulhanek (@JakubKulhanek) May 23, 2021
As it was reported earlier, 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.
Later, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen called for swift sanctions after Belarus’s authoritarian ruler forced a Ryanair plane to land in Minsk and detained a prominent opposition journalist.