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Lithuanian plane violates Belarus border

The Belarusian Foreign Ministry on April 22 handed over a protest note to Lithuania due to a violation of the state border.

The incident occurred on Wednesday in the area under construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant.

Lithuanian light aircraft flew 8 kilometers into the territory of Belarus then turned and left the Belarusian airspace.

All the time the plane was over Belarus, it was controlled by means of anti-aircraft defense.

German Alexandrov, head of the Armed Forces department on the use of airspace:
Belarus strictly adheres to the norms of international air law and we are entitled to respect for the principles of sovereignty in respect of the neighboring countries' airspace.

We understand that there might be situations that arise under the influence of force majeure or in emergencies.

However, in this case, we see no circumstances justifying the violation of the state border of the Republic of Belarus in the airspace.

Oleg Dvigalev, commander of Air Force and Air Defense of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus:
The violator of the state border was identified as a civilian aircraft. I would like Lithuania to understand the importance of the implementation of the agreements and to abide by international law. We don't want such violations on its part.

I want to believe that it was an unintentional error of the pilot, not a specially planned action. And I hope that the Lithuanian side will confirm it.

Now the Belarusian Foreign Ministry is waiting for clarifications from the Lithuanian side. Investigation into the incident will continue.

Lithuanian plane violates Belarus border