Posts tagged as Belarus

Latvian politics risks causing considerable damage to economy

By Viktors Domburs on Monday, June 7, 2021

According to bnn-news.com, behaviour of Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs risks causing a wave of bankruptcies in Latvia. Thus, after basking in the VIP area together with people of questionable reputation during the opening game of the World Ice Hockey Championship in Riga, Edgars Rinkēvičs demonstrated an act of true diplomatic short-sightedness that has effectively shut down Latvia’s diplomatic relations with Belarus and has caused considerable damage to…

Flying Over Belarus is Risky, But There Are Even More Dangerous Skies

By Tom O'Connor on Thursday, June 3, 2021

International airlines and federal aviation authorities have reacted strongly to Belarus’ recent interception of a Greece to Lithuania flight, with one independent monitor raising the risk level of the Eastern European country’s airspace. But at a Level 3 ranking, Belarus is not the most dangerous nation in the world, according to the Safe Airspace’s Conflict Zone & Risk Database, a project of OpsGroup, “a group of 7,000 pilots, dispatchers, controllers,…

Lithuania wins from Belarus plane bans, Latvia loses

By Linas Jegelevicius on Monday, May 31, 2021

You win some. You lose some. That’s how it has been for the leading Baltic airlines after Europe banned overflights of Belarusian airspace and blocked the country’s national carrier Belavia from using many EU landing strips in retaliation for Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko forcing a commercial Ryanair flight to the ground to arrest a leading opposition journalist on May 23. Belarus lies in a strategic position between north-east Europe and…

LUKASHENKO’S REVENGE (Best served cold)

By The Greanville Post on Friday, May 28, 2021

Surprise! Turns out the West and its vassals long ago set the standard for forcing airliners down when it suits their designs. Unprecedented? Nyet! Hybrid war asset Roman Protasevich, “a U.S. trained and financed regime operator who tried to violently overthrow the government of Belarus to then install a neoliberal U.S. client regime”. Protasevich is now on his way to canonization by the Western press. The quickest path from obscurity…

Lithuania wins from Belarus plane bans, Latvia looses

Friday, May 28, 2021

You win some. You lose some. That’s how it has been for the leading Baltic airlines after Europe banned over flights of Belarusian airspace and blocked the country’s national carrier Belavia from using many EU landing strips in retaliation of Belarus’ president Alexander Lukashenko forcing a commercial Ryanair flight to the ground to arrest a leading opposition journalist on May 23. Belarus lies in a strategic position between northwest Europe…

Transcript Between Belarus ATC & Ryanair Pilots published

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Over the weekend a Ryanair flight between Greece and Lithuania was diverted to Belarus in order for a journalist to be arrested. Belarus claimed to have received a bomb threat about this flight, blaming the diversion on that. However, it’s pretty clear that the government of Belarus essentially hijacked the flight in order to arrest an enemy. Belarus has received a huge amount of backlash from the international community for…

Estonian President urges Britain to curb Belarus money laundering activity

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

President Kersti Kaljulaid has called on the United Kingdom to join the European Union in opposition to the Alexander Lukashenko regime in Belarus, along with those of other anti-democratic governments which often use London as a conduit for large scale money-laundering activities, British daily The Guardian reports. Appearing on BBC Radio 4’s World at One program Tuesday, the president noted that she had already raised the issue in 2018 following…

Belarus, Latvia expel each others’ diplomats as row over journalist’s arrest deepens

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Belarus expelled all Latvian diplomats from the country on Monday, prompting a tit-for-tat response from Riga, as an international crisis deepened over the forced landing of a commercial flight in Minsk to arrest a dissident journalist. Belarus on Sunday scrambled a warplane to escort a Ryanair passenger jet carrying Roman Protasevich, a journalist critical of Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, in an act denounced by Western powers as “state piracy”. Belarus’s…

EU calls on European airlines to avoid Belarus airspace

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

The European Union urged all EU-based airlines to avoid Belarus airspace on Monday after the country diverted a Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius, Lithuania in order to arrest a dissident journalist who was on the plane on Sunday. Belarusian leader Aleksandr Lukashenko, who is often referred to as the last dictator in Europe, released a statement Sunday saying that he personally ordered the diversion of the plane and the…

airBaltic bypassing Belarusian airspace

Monday, May 24, 2021

Latvian airline company airBaltic has started to bypass Belarusian airspace after a Ryanair flight was forced to land in Minsk on Sunday. In a statement published on social media on Monday, the company said: “airBaltic decided to avoid entering Belarus airspace until the situation becomes clearer or a decision is issued by the authorities.” Flights to Ukraine and Georgia on Sunday avoided flying through Belarusian airspace on the advice of…