EU leaders condemn Ryanair flights diversion to Belarus

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2021-05-24

BRUSSELS,May23(Xinhua)--EuropeanUnion(EU)leadersonSundaycondemnedthediversionofanAthens-VilniusRyanairflighttoMinsk,thecapitalofBelarus,andwarnedpossiblesanctionsagainstBelarusintheEUsummitscheduledonMonday."IcondemninthestrongestpossibletermstheforcedlandingofaRyanairflightinMinsk,Belarus,on23May2021,""unprecedented"incidentonMonday."Theincidentwillnotremainwithoutconsequences."TheIrishairlineRyanairsaidthattheflightFR4978wasdirectedtoanairportinMinskonSundayascrewontheplanehadbeenalertedtoapossiblesecuritythreatbyBelarusianauthorities,:(1825GMT)Sundaynightafterthedetour."ItisutterlyunacceptabletoforceRyanairflightfromAthenstoVilniustolandinMinsk,"saidntis"anunprecedented,shockingact,"callingforEUactionto""LithuanianPresidentGitanasNausedadescribedBelarussactionsas"abhorrent,"andGermanForeignMinisterHei"Thisisaseriousanddangerousincidentwhichrequiresinternationalinvestigation."Enditem。