News

UN Security Council to discuss incident with Ryanair plane in Minsk

Belarus (bbabo.net), At the request of the United States and Albania, the UN Security Council will discuss on Monday the situation around the incident with the Ryanair aircraft, which occurred in May 2021, a source in the Security Council told RIA Novosti.

“Albania and the US have requested a meeting for Monday. Apparently, an ICAO report is expected, ”the source said.

Another source confirmed this information.

In May 2021, a Ryanair plane flying from Athens to Vilnius made an emergency landing at Minsk airport due to a bombing report, which was subsequently not confirmed. Roman Protasevich, one of the founders of the telegram channel recognized in Belarus as extremist and terrorist, was on board the plane. During the verification of documents, he was detained and a criminal case was opened under several articles, including the article “organization of mass riots”.

Subsequently, the ICAO council issued a report in which it stated that the report about the presence of a bomb on board the Ryanair aircraft was “knowingly false” and it was handed over to the flight crew at the direction of the Belarusian authorities. After the incident, European countries stated that the Belarusian authorities forced the plane to land under a far-fetched pretext. Some airlines began to bypass the airspace of Belarus. The European Union has banned the use of Belarusian air carriers by planes of its airspace and airports.

Anatoly Glaz, spokesman for the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, said that the ICAO report on the incident with the Ryanair aircraft is an attempt by the West to justify sanctions against Belarusian aviation “backdating”. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko called the ICAO report a falsification. Artem Sikorsky, Director of the Aviation Department of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Belarus, also stated that, after revision, the ICAO report on the incident with the Ryanair aircraft at the Minsk airport began to resemble a spy novel, the republic categorically rejects its final conclusions.

UN Security Council to discuss incident with Ryanair plane in Minsk