October 25, 2021

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Tensions between Belarus and the West are rising in the air

Tensions between Belarus and the West are rising in the air

The EU on Monday decided to close its airspace in Belarus and advised its members not to fly over the country. The final decision rests with the membersEU, But many want to respect this proposition.

Result: Flights begin to be postponed or rejected.

France on Wednesday denied its airspace to a Belarusian airliner connecting Minsk-Barcelona, ​​forcing it to turn around.

This is a completely defamatory fact and an immoral act. Honestly, this is practically air piracy.

A quote from:Anatoly Glass, representative of the Belarusian embassy

The national carrier Belavia had to turn around shortly after takeoff and before entering Polish airspace.

According to Belavia, Three minutes before takeoff, French aeronautical officials deactivated the flight plan without informing the airline., Learned about it from Polish air traffic controllers.

French airlines Initiated verbal orders from the French Prime MinisterBelavia said in a statement.

Ignoring the interests of those on board, their safety is just surprising, Anatoly Glass added, assuring and denying that most of the passengers were EU citizens Direct violation of the provisions of international law.

Today, the Air France Paris-Moscow flight was postponed due to reasons related to the situation in Belarus.

On May 26, 2021, Air France confirmed that flight AF1154 on the Paris-Charles de Gaulle-Moscow route via Boeing B787 would have to be postponed, due to operational reasons for skipping Belarusian airspace, requiring Russian authorities to authorize their entry. Territory, Said a spokesman.

The flight, which was scheduled to depart Paris at 10:20 a.m. and land in Moscow at 3 p.m., was postponed until Thursday.

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Ottawa did not overturn sanctions

The Canadian government said it was discussing the Belarusian document with its G7 and EU partners, as well as with international civil aviation.

Ottawa does not rule out sanctions on Belarus in coordination with its allies.

Remember that Canada is united with the United Kingdom Granted by eight Belarusian officials last SeptemberIncluding President Alexander Lukashenko due to the repression of the protest movement in the country.

Call for one Emergency investigation Of ICAO

European members of the Security CouncilHIM-HER-IT And the United States on Wednesday, in a joint statement, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for urgent investigation The Ryanair plane was allegedly hijacked in Belarus on Sunday, following a session of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

This event Unprecedented and unacceptable And its managers must Totally account for this, Adds their statement, which Strongly condemns And claim as well Release soon Of Freelance journalist Belarusian Roman Protasevich and his Russian friend Sofia Sapega were arrested in Minsk after the plane landed.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko Meanwhile it was announced Wednesday morning Before accusing Westerners of wanting to, it was legal to change a plane and arrest an opponent on a Sunday flight. Sore throat His country.