The White House said that Russia was not involved in the incident with the plane in Minsk

The United States does not believe that Russia was in any way involved in the incident with the Ryanair flight in Minsk, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday.

“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.

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Author: Steve Cowan
Graduated From Princeton University. He has been at the Free Press since October 2014. Previously worked as a regional entertainment editor.
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