UN Security Council to discuss interception of aircraft in Belarus at private meeting

Source : 112 Ukraine

A closed session of the UN Security Council will be held at the initiative of Estonia, Ireland and France on Wednesday, May 26
12:34, 26 May 2021

UN Security Council

U.N. Security Council will discuss the Belarus plane interception on Wednesday, May 26. Reuters reported this citing Western diplomats.

“Estonia, Ireland and France will raise, at a private meeting of the 15-member United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, the interception of a plane by Belarus,” the statement says.

Related: Merkel says Minsk’s explanations aren’t credible: Belarus update

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.

Related: Lithuania proposes to impose economic sanctions against Belarus

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.

Related: Ukraine offers foreign companies to fly past Belarus through its air space

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