(Brussels) On Sunday afternoon, the hijacked Ryanair plane “departed from Minsk to Lithuania immediately,” announced on Twitter by the European Commissioner for Transport, Adina Wallen, 17 15:15 GMT (1:15 pm ET).
She did not mention the fate of opposition activist Roman Protassevich, who was arrested after the plane made a forced landing in Minsk. The EU has called on Belarus to take off with all its passengers.
“This is great news for everyone, especially the families and friends of the people on board,” the Romanian commissioner said simply.
The Boeing 737 was diverted from Athens, the capitals of the two EU and NATO member states, to Vilnius.
“This is an unprecedented event” and the European Union will not accept those passengers [ses] Airlines are going extinct, ”M.To me Wallen, he is in consultation with “relevant international organizations”.
“It simply came to our notice then. We hold the Belarusian government accountable for the safety of all passengers and aircraft, ”said EU Foreign Minister Joseph Borel.
In special messages, Joseph Borel, European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen and European Council President Charles Mitchell all called on Minsk to allow “all travelers” to continue their journey.
“We have to account for all the consequences of violating international air transport regulations,” Mr warned.To me Van der Lion, Charles Mitchell called on the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) to investigate.
The heads of state and heads of government of 27 EU countries are meeting in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday, where international issues and climate issues should be resolved.
Joseph Borrell announced on May 10 that the EU was preparing new sanctions on Belarus and hoped to adopt them “in the coming weeks” – sanctions that require the consensus of member states.
The EU decided in late February to extend the deadline to February 9, 2022, along with sanctions imposed on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and members of his regime for suppressing the August 9, 2020 presidential election. , Determined to be “rigged” by Brussels.
Despite European and American sanctions targeting Alexander Lukashenko and his government officials, the Moscow-backed Belarusian president did not give serious signals of compromise in the wake of the protest movement, which in turn increased repression.