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EU leaders agree on Belarus sanctions after plane diversion

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By RAF CASERT, SAMUEL PETREQUIN and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV

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The Sheriff called in a Mig.

Congrats to Belorussian law enforcement, they definitely got their man.

The long arm of the law extends all the way up into the sky.

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This is an act of state terrorism.

Shut them off from the West. No good, services or money flow in or out until he is released.

11 ( +19 / -8 )

Almost unbelievable, not only that it happened but that the rest of the countries involved let it happen and are just reacting against it.

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A MIG-29 fighter forcing the plane to land is very different from a request to land.

Lukashenko should be thrown from office, then jailed like most Central American leaders by the voters of their country.

Nobody is surprised by Russians agreeing with this forced landing or the bogus "bomb threat" anonymously called in.

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InterPol rules regarding Air Traffic Safety are very clear.

Authorities can order a plane to land at the nearest airport if a criminal or suspected terrorist is on board.

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Dont call terrorist as "journalist","activist" or blooger since he is terrorist at first place!

Why dont you explain to your readers about history of this "innocent guy" while he have joined terrorist forces in Ukraine and fought against people in Lugansk?

Why you simply "skip fact" that guy had combat training by terrorist group in Ukraine?

Why you are just saying "your version" of story?

He will get what he deserves.

Zero sympathy from my side.

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

I'm not sure if people realize what a bad precedent this sets for the freedoms we take for granted that define international air travel.

A robust and immediate response by the rest of the international community is necessary and warranted.

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Nobody complained back in 2013 when the US forced a PRESIDENTIAL plane to land in a vain attempt to kidnap Snowdon. France and Spain were complicit in this action and so they are in no position to criticize this time around.

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It wasn't the nearest airport. The destination airport was.

Mordorno's plane was not forced to land. It declared an emergency when it had a faulty fuel indicator. Then France and Spain refused to let it transit their airspace which they had a right to do.

The two situations are not comparable. It is a false equivalency.

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Almost unbelievable, not only that it happened but that the rest of the countries involved let it happen and are just reacting against it.

Ryanair is an Irish airline. Their aircraft are registered in Ireland. Ireland is neutral and non-aligned. If they were a NATO nation then NATO could very much do something. But ask yourself if you are the president of, oh say, Latvia. Are you going to launch your fighter aircraft into someone else's sovereign airspace and challenge their own fighters to protect an airliner of a nation for which you have no defense agreement with and risk a war? Maybe not. If Ireland was NATO member then NATO could legitimately retaliate. But under the circumstances they cannot.

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@GdTokyo

It declared an emergency when it had a faulty fuel indicator

False satement. The plane did not declare any technical problems, it landed only because it could not continue the flight since Spain, France and Portugal closed their air space for it.

And why those noisy complainers now did not complain at all when in 2012 Turkish fighters forced to land a Syrian jet? Oh when the Ukrainian neonazi regime forced to land a Belorussian jet in 2016?

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An "Empty Skies over Belarus" policy is a good first step before taking the gloves off to the "Ming the Merciless of Minsk" lookalike, Lukashenko, but Western sanctions are not guaranteed to work, given his network of like-minded despots leading other unspeakable regimes who have his back.

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SLAP that punkass Belarussian dictator with the sanctions he deserves. This is an unwarranted act of air piracy. Show this usurper that the world means business! Hit his regime where it hurts!

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Belarus - sickly puppet state of totalitarian Russia. Disappearances, torture, state-sanctioned hostages etc are commonplace there.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_Belarus

Lukashenko is another evil, murderous dictator along with fellow despots Xi, Putin and Kim. They all despise freedom and have a hatred of democracy.

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The New York Times reports that 4 people who boarded in Athens did not disembark in Vilnius. That means one was kidnapped, and 3 others were KGB agents coordinating this Putin-Lukashenko act of air piracy.

The MIG-29 fighter jet that forced Ryanair plane down in Belarus was ready to shoot the plane down with 179 passengers if necessary. So, in other words; Hijacking. Terrorism. Kidnapping. Act of war. Business as usual by Putin's KGB.

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Quote: The Belarusian Foreign Ministry bristled... insisting Minsk acted “in full conformity with international rules.”

Oh, hohohohoho.................................... ahhh, hahahahaha!!!!

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The MIG-29 fighter jet that forced Ryanair plane down in Belarus was ready to shoot the plane down with 179 passengers if necessary. So, in other words; Hijacking. Terrorism. Kidnapping. Act of war. Business as usual by Putin's KGB."

Thats quite a call..."the MIG was ready to shoot down a civilan plane with 179 passengers" ..you must have some explosive inside info access. Excuse my scepticism.

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