The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during a telephone conversation apologized to his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko in connection with the incident in the Kiev Zhuliany airport, where he was urgently returned to the aircraft of the airline “Belavia”, taking off to Minsk, reports the press service of the Belarusian leader.

“Petro Poroshenko apologized for the incident with civil aircraft of the airline “Belavia” and informed the President of Belarus that the perpetrators punished. The heads of state agreed that the relevant service in the near future will hold consultations on cooperation in the field of security to prevent such incidents in future,” – said in Minsk.

In early November, the General Director of airline “Belavia” Anatoly Gusarov saidthat the Ukrainian side agreed to offset the costs for the incident with the return of the Belarusian Boeing-737 at airport Kiev Zhulyany and now the issue of the amount of compensation.

A note of protest to demand the compensation for all financial costs and expenses caused by the actions of the Ukrainian side, was awarded October 22, chargé d’affaires of Ukraine to Belarus Valery Dzhigun the Belarusian foreign Ministry.

The incident occurred on October 21. Boeing 737 of airline “Belavia”, on Board of which there were 136 passengers and six crew members, for 50 km to entering the airspace of Belarus received the instruction from the Manager air traffic management at the district centre for the immediate return to the departure airport, the captain of the ship said that “in the event of failure of the team in the air will be raised by the fighters.”

After landing with the aircraft law enforcement agencies of Ukraine shot a passenger, a citizen of Armenia Armen Martirosyan, an activist of Antimiani. It inspected and sent to Minsk the next flight.

The head of the security apparatus of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachuk initially denied information about the threats to the Belarusian crew, and after the publication of the transcripts of negotiations of crew with the Ukrainian SBU Manager in the incident was blamed on human error: “it is possible that the human factor has worked, and this is fiction, people overdid it,” – said the representative of the Minister Elena Gilanskaya.

Poroshenko apologized to Lukashenko for the reversal of the aircraft “Belavia” 11.11.2016

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