“We do not believe that this took place,” Psaki said briefly during a regular briefing when asked whether Washington believes that Russia had something to do with what happened in Minsk.
The representative of the White House noted that Washington had no reason to suspect the Russian Federation of involvement in this incident before.
“I did not indicate in any way yesterday that we thought so, and nothing has changed in this regard,” Psaki added. A Ryanair plane flying from Athens to Vilnius on May 23 urgently landed at the Minsk airport due to a report of mining, which was later not confirmed. This plane was flown by Roman Protasevich, the founder of the Telegram channel Nexta, recognized as an extremist in Belarus. He was detained while checking documents on previously initiated criminal cases against him. The EU countries said that Minsk forced the plane to land at its airport under a fictitious pretext, in protest against the detention of Protasevich, they banned Belarusian airlines from flying over their territory and are considering the possibility of imposing additional sanctions against Minsk.