Sumary of Ryanair CEO says Belarus plane grounding was ‘state-sponsored piracy’:
- LONDON — Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary asserted Monday that the decision by Belarusian authorities to divert a plane flying over its territory and to arrest a dissident journalist on board constituted “state-sponsored piracy.”.
- He said he believed Belarusian KGB operatives were traveling on the scheduled flight from Athens for Vilnius, Lithuania..
- European Union leaders will discuss toughening their sanctions regime against Belarus on May 24 at their planned summit, after Minsk diverted the Ryanair passenger flight flying from Athens to Vilnius and arrested Belarusian opposition activist Roman Protasevich..
- His girlfriend Sofya Sapega, a 23-year-old Russian citizen studying at the European Humanities University in Lithuania, was also detained, according to reports..
- European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said via Twitter on Sunday that the “outrageous and illegal behaviour of the regime in Belarus will have consequences,”.
- A woman stands with a poster reading ‘Where is Roman (Protasevich)?!’ in the arrival area as passengers disembark from a Ryanair passenger plane from Athens, Greece, that was intercepted and diverted to Minsk on the same day by Belarus authorities, after it landed at Vilnius International Airport, its initial destination, on May 23, 2021…