5/27, 4:32 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Lavrov condemns West's 'demonization' of Belarus

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (pictured) claimed on Thursday Western diplomats are "behaving inappropriately" towards Belarus in regards to the forced landing of the Ryanair DAC flight.

"We insist that the West stop demonizing those it doesn't like. The Belarusian authorities said right after the incident that they were ready to carry out an open and transparent investigation, welcome experts, and provide all the relevant information," the minister said, asserting that it was wrong to sanction Misk without waiting for the results of the probe of the event.

The European Union introduced additional sanctions against Belarus on Monday in response to the incident, while several airline companies stated they will no longer conduct flights over the country's airspace. Meanwhile, Belarus Presidents denounced "attacks" against Minsk, going as far as to call the event "planned provocation."

Breaking the News / MD