UN's Top Aviation Body To Meet Today Over Belarus Plane Diversion
UN's Top Aviation Body To Meet Today Over Belarus Plane Diversion
The ICAO headquarters in Montreal Canada
29 May, 2021, 10:08
Hours before a scheduled meeting in the Russian seaside resort of Sochi with Russia's President Vladimir Putin, his only major global ally, the Belarusian leader warned he would allow migrants and drugs to pour into western Europe.
"There has been an attempt to stir up the situation so it would end up being similar to that of August a year ago".
The Belarus strongman and his allies are under a series of Western sanctions over a brutal crackdown on mass protests that followed his disputed re-election to a sixth term last August.
Russian Federation is the only country standing by Belarus after the flight was intercepted.
He continued to maintain that Belarus diverted Sunday's Ryanair's Athens-Vilnius flight because of a bomb threat against the flight by the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
"The president was led out of the plane, and nothing, silence", Putin said.
Putin and Lukashenko have met regularly since August, when historic protests broke out against Lukashenko's almost three-decade rule following a disputed election.
The editor-in-chief of state-controlled Russia Today, Margarita Simonyan, said, at the start of the week, that Lukashenko "played it beautifully", but top Kremlin officials were less forthcoming initially, with Putin's spokesman declining press requests to comment, until Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov characterized Lukashenko's actions "absolutely reasonable".
Several people died in the unrest, with many reporting torture and abuse in custody.
Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania had denied the Ryanair flight permission to land and its only option was to turn to Minsk, he said.
But Proton Technologies, which is based in Geneva, said the message was sent after the plane had already been diverted.
The United States and western European members of the UN Security Council have called for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to investigate Belarus' diversion of the Ryanair flight.
Protasevich, who helped organize historic demonstrations against Lukashenko's rule past year, was arrested along with Russian girlfriend Sofia Sapega, 23, after the plane landed in Minsk.
The Belarusian opposition has called for stronger measures.
Both Protasevich and Sapega have since appeared in confession videos that their supporters said were recorded under duress and are a common tactic of the regime to pressure critics.
Their call came hours after a defiant President Alexander Lukashenko on Wednesday defended the action, lashing out at critics at home and overseas.
The European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Thursday that proposals were "on the table" to target key sectors of the Belarusian economy.
"These events took place amid an escalating wave of repression by the Lukashenka regime against the aspirations of the people of Belarus for democracy and human rights", Psaki said in a statement.
Estonia called meanwhile for a stop to the "flow of money" to Lukashenko.
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He has pointed to Britain's rapid vaccination programme as a success that will allow the economy to rebound before its peers. Speaking during Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Johnson insisted the government's priority had always been to "save lives".
Only a small number of those come via Belarus, the organisation says, though it is not clear how many are stopped from crossing. Belarus has not commented on the torture allegation but has consistently denied abusing detainees.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 32,44,17,870 samples have been tested up to May 20 for Covid-19. It also reported 222,315 new infections, which raised the overall total to almost 27 million since the pandemic began.
The vaccination campaign now relies on Covishield from the Serum Institute of India and Covaxin from Bharat Biotech. The Centre neither pursued deals with the USA vaccine makers nor did it invest to scale up domestic production.
All are linked to the City of Whittlesea outbreak, and are in addition to the one new case announced this morning. Dr Bennett said we are in an ongoing "risk" where we can not become complacent as there are no guarantees.
Some EU leaders called for scrapping landing rights in the bloc for Belarus' national airline or exclusions from sports events. They also removed from the plane Pratasevich's Russian girlfriend, Sofia Sapega, who studies at a Vilnius university.
Experts maintain the blood-clotting syndrome associated with the AstraZeneca shot is exceedingly rare and treatable in most cases. The AstraZeneca vaccine inoculation is scheduled to be held between June 7 to July 27 for the first dose of the vaccine.
Only later did Louisiana state police acknowledge that they had used force during the arrest, which they said was justified. Police-involved deaths have received intense scrutiny since the death a year ago of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the incident was "serious and dangerous" and "requires global investigation". He left Belarus in 2019 to live in exile in Lithuania from where he covered the events of the 2020 presidential election.
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