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Statement by Pavel Latushka on the capture of Roman Protasevich

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The fact that today, on the orders of military dictator Alexander Lukashenka, a Ryanair civilian aircraft was grounded in Belarus using the Belarusian air force is further evidence that international law is being violated in Belarus and that the lives and health of foreign and Belarusian citizens are being endangered.

Indeed, the purpose of the landing was to detain the well-known Belarusian blogger Roman Protasevich, who faces capital punishment in Belarus.

This incident cannot be called anything other than air piracy and an international terrorist act. We demand that this incident be immediately reviewed by the international community and the international civil aviation organization ICAO with a view to temporarily suspending air traffic over the territory of Belarus.

Video statement on Pavel Latushka’s official telegram channel