Belarus expressed its protest in connection with actions of Ukraine forced to return on October 21 aircraft “Belavia” in Kiev. The foreign Ministry of the Republic was caused by charge d’affaires of Ukraine to Belarus Valery dzhigun, reports TASS data of the foreign Ministry. Meanwhile, the incident was commented by the police there said that not threatened to raise to intercept the fighters, as reported by the media.
In the note to the foreign Ministry stressed that “the Belarusian side expects an official apology and requires recovery of all financial costs and expenses caused by the actions of the Ukrainian side.” The foreign Ministry also instructed the Ambassador of Belarus in Kiev Igor Falcon to deliver a similar protest note to the Ukrainian foreign Ministry.
“Belavia” on the eve reported that on Friday, the Boeing 737-800, performing flight B2-840 route Zhuliany (Kyiv) – the Minsk, was forced to return to airport of departure. On Board were 136 passengers and six crew members. According to the company, for 50 km to entering the airspace of Belarus to the aircraft commander received an order from the Ukrainian Manager on an immediate return to the departure airport without giving any reasons. It was stated that in the event of failure of the team in the air will be raised fighters. The commander of the aircraft has complied with the received indication.
After landing at the airport “Zhulyany” on Board aircraft by law enforcement agencies of Ukraine was shot one passenger – the citizen of Armenia Armen Martirosyan. After refueling the plane took off to Minsk and landed safely in the Belarusian capital.
SBU denies allegations of threats
The security service of Ukraine (SBU) commenting on the situation with the forced return of the aircraft of the Belarusian national airline “Belavia” in Kiev, explained his actions by saying that he had received information about a possible national security threat on Board.
Our service has acted within the competences and the law”, – said the head of the SBU Oleksandr Tkachuk.
The representative of the SBU did not specify what the passenger was returned to the plane. “We do not disclose information on the individual, we are not even talking of his nationality. This information is restricted,” said he.
To the question, is it true that the air had to go up fighters, Tkachuk replied: “I think it’s a little absurd to assume that our military aircraft can be used against the civilian side”. (Quoted by “Interfax”.)