The Belarusian government stressed Monday that, in line with international standards, it was forcing a flight between Greece and Lithuania to land to arrest an opposition journalist, criticizing Minsk for the action.
Belarusian Foreign Ministry spokesman Anatoly Glaz said that “aviation safety standards are an absolute priority”, adding that “there is no doubt that the actions of the relevant authorities are in line with established international standards”.
“Belarus has always acted responsibly,” he said, promising “full transparency” and even “accepting experts and showing all materials” to dispel doubts about Minsk’s performance, the ministry said. The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its website.
In this sense, Glaz has criticized the “openly bellicose” statements of some countries and stated that the situation is “deliberately politicized”. In his opinion, “there is no obvious desire to understand it objectively.”
Belarusian authorities forced an Irish airline Ryanair to land in what appeared to be an exiled opposition journalist, Raman Protasevich, to arrest. Minsk reportedly informed the crew of a bomb threat and even sent a fighter jet to force the airliner to land.