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Ukraine’s Security Service: Belavia’s aircraft was returned to ensure absence of threat to national security

The Foreign Ministry of Belarus demands an apology for the forced returning of the Belavia’s plane.

The diplomatic office of Belarus handed over a protest note to Charge d'Affaires of Ukraine in Belarus Valery Dzhigun for the actions of the competent authorities of Ukraine on the forced return of the Belarusian aircraft.

The Belarusian aircraft was flying from Kiev to Minsk. When there was 50 kilometers left till the Belarusian air space, the aircraft was forced to return to the airport in Kiev on demand of the Security Service of Ukraine. In case of failure to comply, military jets were ready for interception.

According to Alexander Tkachuk, the Chief of the Security Service of Ukraine, the aircraft was returned to ensure the absence of a threat to the national security.

After the landing in the Ukrainian airport, a citizen of Armenia was  removed from the aircraft.

Afterwards, the aircraft with about 150 passengers flew to Minsk.

By the way, the Armenian citizen was released and he went to Belarus on another flight. The man wrote on the social network that he would tell about the incident after the talk with lawyers.  

Now Belavia seeks financial compensation from Ukraine as the result of its actions.

Ukraine’s Security Service: Belavia’s aircraft was returned to ensure absence of threat to national security