The Lithuanian authorities announced this Monday of the closure of their airspace to all flights that have flown over Belarus or will do so in response to the emergency landing registered on Sunday in Minsk, the capital where dissident Roman Protasevich was arrested, and his arrest Girlfriend Sofia Sapega, who was traveling on board the plane.
Therefore, no flight is allowed to enter or exit the country while flying through Belarusian airspace. The decision was made after a Ryanair plane traveling the distance between Athens and Vilnius was forced to land in the country’s capital.
Transport Minister Marius Skuodis has announced that the measure will enter Virgo this Tuesday, as confirmed by the Sputnik news agency. It was pointed out that the LOT airlines as well as the Hungarian Wizz Air and the Latvian AirBaltic will voluntarily avoid flying over Belarus.
On the other hand, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry has issued a travel warning advising its citizens not to travel to the country. In a statement, the government made it clear that the recommendation was issued after “a Ryanair plane flying to Vilnius was forced to land, endangering the lives of many civilians”.
“The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry recommends citizens not to travel to Belarus and asks those who are there to return to the country,” the text reads.
In this sense, the Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda stated in his Twitter account that he decided “after the terrorist hijacking of the aircraft by the Belarusian regime” to declare “together with the Latvian President Egils Levits”. and Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, “said that” Belarusian airspace is not safe. “” EU airspace should be closed to Belarusian companies, “he said.