The UK government on Monday urged UK airlines to avoid Belarusian airspace after “forced diversion” of a Ryanair plane on Sunday.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced on Twitter that he has already reached out to the UK Civil Aviation Authority to “ask airlines to avoid Belarusian airspace in order to ensure passenger safety”.
In addition, it has revoked Belarusian national airline Belavia’s permission to operate in the UK in retaliation for the incident on Sunday that resulted in the arrest of a journalist criticizing the government of Alexander Lukashenko, Roman Protasevich. who traveled aboard the intercepted aircraft.
The British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab had previously spoken out and demanded that Lukashenko be “brought to justice” for his “bizarre” actions. It has called for the “immediate release of Protasevich and other political prisoners” who are being held in Belarus.
It has stipulated that the UK “will work in a coordinated manner with the allies to take joint action” and therefore not ruled out the possibility of a new battery of sanctions against Minsk. “These actions by Lukashenko will have serious consequences,” he said in a message on his Twitter account.
With this in mind, he pointed out that the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization should meet “urgently” to investigate the possible violation of the Lukashenko government against the “international regulations for the protection of civil aviation”.