Emergent return: Belarus wants apologies from Ukraine over plane

16:06 Oct. 22, 2016

Belarus wants apologies from Ukraine over plane

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Kyiv earlier ordered a passenger plane, bound for Minsk, to return mid-flight to Ukrainian capital

The Foreign Ministry of Belarus demands apologies from Ukraine after Kyiv forced a passenger plane, which had already left the city and was headed for Minsk, to immediately return to the Ukrainian capital mid-flight.

This is according to a statement, published on the official website of the institution (statement in Russian)

Read also: People in Minsk protest against parliamentary elections

On October 21, the SBU forced the aircraft to come back after it received information about a foreign citizen on board, who ‘presented a possible threat to the country's national security'.

After the plane returned and the passenger was inspected, he was later released, because the law enforcers ensured the threat was ‘contained', an SBU representative said in a statement.

Read also: Russia has probably recalled its Su-27 fighters from Belarus – Bellingcat

Ukrainian and Russian media say the passenger is  Armen Martirosyan, reportedly known for his anti-Maidan position.

Belarus has issued a formal protest and says it wants financial compensation for the damage, done by Kyiv.

 

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