Eight countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and the EU, current and former members of the Security Council, condemned the forced landing of a Ryanair plane in Minsk on Wednesday to arrest a Belarusian opposition journalist.
Estonia, France, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States have “strongly” condemned the diversion of the flight to the detention of dissident Roman Protasevich, which “endangers aviation security”.
In the letter they were united to denounce “the growing practice of authoritarian leaders crossing their borders to attack dissidents, journalists and opposition leaders”, behavior that “threatens the rules-based international order and undermines our peace and security”. .
In this regard, they condemned this action as “another obvious attempt by the Belarusian authorities to silence all opposition voices” in order to later show their “firm” support for the Belarusian people “in their search for a democratic future Respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms “.
“The plane of a European Union company that carried more than 100 passengers from the capital of one EU member state to another had to land from a Belarusian military plane for the wrong reasons,” they said, because they accused Belarus. a blatant attack on international civil aviation security and European security “
They have also criticized this for “an apparent disregard of international law” while calling on the International Civil Aviation Organization to investigate “urgently” the “unacceptable” incident “so that those responsible are fully responsible”.
Finally, they called for the “immediate” release of Protasevich and his friend Sofia Sapega, who were also arrested after the aircraft was diverted, and committed to intensifying efforts, “including by coordinating our sanctions policy, to ensure that the Belarusians Authorities take responsibility for their actions. “