Putin supports the action by Belarus of forced landing of Ryanair flight

During a meeting with the Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin supported the action by Belarus of forced landing of a Ryanair flight in Minsk. Putin called the reactions on the incident as an “outburst of emotions” Putin said that there was no reaction in the West after a forced landing of a plane of Bolivian President Evo Morales in 2013 in Austria. The plane of the Bolivian president was forced to land once. The president was led out of the plane and nothing, silence,” Putin said.

Lukashenko suggested that he had documents on the Ryanair incident that would help the Russian leader see more clearly what had unfolded that day.

“There is always someone who causes problems for us. You know about them, I’ll inform you,” Lukashenko told Putin. “I brought some documents so that you understand what is happening,”

In a dramatic incident that send shockwaves across the world, a Ryanair flight FR4978 carrying passengers from Athens to Vilnius was diverted to the Belarusian capital Minsk under the escort of a Mig-29 fighter jet. Activist Roman Pratasevich, who is a critic of the Belarus government was detained by Belarusian authorities.

The Belarusian presidential press service said that President Alexander Lukashenko personally ordered a MiG-29 fighter jet to accompany the Ryanair plane to the Minsk airport. It said a bomb threat was received while the plane was over Belarusian territory; officials later said no explosives were found on board.

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