President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, who raised a fighter jet to land a passenger flight and arrest the founder of the opposition telegram channel, has another secret admirer – Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkey blocked the adoption of a tough NATO resolution on the situation with the Ryanair aircraft, demanding to remove from the document statements of support for sanctions and the need to release the detainees – Roman Protasevich and Sofya Sapega.
According to Reuters, citing diplomats, Turkish officials insisted that references to sanctions and wording that threaten to suspend NATO’s cooperation with Belarus be removed from the statement.
Ankara is likely trying to maintain ties with Russia and is likely hoping to welcome Russian tourists this summer following the pandemic, agency sources said.
As a result, the document published by NATO turned out to be much softer than the public statements of the Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. He called the incident a “state hijacking”, effectively repeating the wording of the head of Ryanair, Tim O’Leary.
Ryanair on Friday reported that Belarusian air traffic controllers refused a pilot’s request to contact the airline after reporting an alleged explosion threat, leaving him no choice but to land in Minsk.
On the eve, the Swiss mail server Protonmail, from which a letter was sent about the alleged threat of an explosion on board, reported that it arrived at the mailbox of the Minsk airport after it was decided to land the plane.
Earlier, the Hamas movement disowned the letter, to which Minsk attributed the threat.
The only country that continues to publicly support Lukashenka and declare that it believes in his explanations is Russia. “We see no reason not to trust the Belarusian side,” said presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov on Wednesday.