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UK suspends flights to Belarus following hijacking

The UK on Monday suspended all flights to Belarus and ordered airways to keep away from Belarusian airspace after a Ryanair flight from Lithuania was pressured to land within the capital Minsk.

Grant Shapps, the secretary of state for transport, instructed the UK Civil Aviation Authority to order all flights to keep away from Belarusian airspace to maintain British and different passengers secure and suspended the allow of Belarus’s nationwide airline Belavia after a journalist and regime critic was arrested upon touchdown within the nation.

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“The UK Authorities is as we speak issuing a discover to advise all UK airways to stop overflights of Belarusian airspace. Belavia, the Belarusian airline, has additionally had its working allow to fly between the UK and Belarus suspended with speedy impact,” the federal government mentioned in an announcement.

“The statement comes after Belarusian officials diverted a passenger flight from Greece to Lithuania the day before. The Ryanair flight carrying over 100 passengers was diverted to Minsk on the basis of a bogus bomb scare in order to apprehend an opposition journalist – an additional move by Belarusian authorities in their continuing struggle with impartial media and opposition voices,” it said.

Addressing the incident that happened on Sunday, Overseas Secretary Dominic Raab addressed the Home of Commons and described the hijacking of the Irish industrial airline as a “surprising assault on civil aviation” and referred to as on Belarusian authorities to launch the airline and its passengers.

“It represents a hazard to civilian flights in all places and it’s an egregious and extraordinary departure from the worldwide regulation and the worldwide follow that guides worldwide civil aviation below the Chicago Conference,” Raab mentioned in his opening assertion.

“The regime in Minsk should present a full clarification for what seems to be as I mentioned a severe violation of worldwide regulation. Lukashenko’s regime have to be held to account for such reckless and harmful behaviour,” the overseas secretary added.

Following the incident, the federal government summoned the Belarusian ambassador.

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The federal government can also be working with EU and US leaders in implementing additional sanctions on regime people answerable for the incident.

Ryanair Flight FR4978 was pressured to land within the Belarusian capital Minsk. The airline had left Athens, Greece, and was sure for the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius when Belarusian MIG fighter jets escorted the passenger jet towards Minsk.

Upon touchdown, main regime critic, journalist and opposition determine Roman Protasevich was arrested by authorities and is at present being held in jail. The worldwide group has condemned Minsk’s actions and is asking on the regime to launch Protasevich.

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