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5/26, 10:10 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Lukashenko: Attacks on Belarus crossed red lines

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko asserted on Wednesday the attacks on his country over its decision to forcefully land a Ryanair flight have crossed "red lines" and gone "beyond the limits of understanding and human morality."

Lukashenko reaffirmed the claims the plane was grounded amid Hamas's alleged threats, which he said came from Switzerland, to blow it up and noted Minsk could have just shot it, like Ukraine did with Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but decided against it. He went on to describe the event as a "planned provocation" as the plane was flying near a nuclear power plant.

The United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union all condemned Minsk's move, describing it as a ploy to detain one of the passengers, opposition politician Roman Protasevich. The bloc responded to the move by expanding its economic sanctions on Belarus. Meanwhile, France, Ireland, and Estonia called for an urgent meeting of the United Nations to discuss the matter.

Breaking the News / JR