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Coveney: Forced Grounding Of Ryanair Plane "State Sponsored Aviation Piracy".

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Flight forced to divert to Minsk to effect arrest of opposition activist.

The Foreign Affairs Minister has described the forced grounding of a Ryanair flight in Belarus as ‘state sponsored aviation piracy’.

The flight - which was going from Greece to Lithuania - was forced to divert to Minsk so an opposition activist could be arrested.

It’s believed his girlfriend was also removed from the flight along with Belarusian KGB agents.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Simon Coveney, says the activist was effectively kidnapped.

Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is shocked.


The CEO of Ryanair says one of its planes was subject to a 'state sponsored hijack' when it was forced to land in Belarus.

Michael O’Leary says it was scary for all on board.

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This man was on the flight - he describes what happened:

Tom Tugendhat is a British MP - he believes flights should be diverted from over Belarus:

Journalist, Stephanie Rohan, reporting on Monday lunchtime, says Belarus is now accused of aviation hijacking and piracy

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Poland's prime minister says he's going to propose all flights from Belarus are banned from entering the EU.

While Lithuania's announced all its flights will avoid Belarussian airspace.

NBC correspondent, Matthew Bodner, is in Moscow.


The European Commission has summoned the Belarusian ambassador

There are concerns for the safety of the journalist who was taken off the flight.

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary says the airline could avoid flying over Belarus, if ordered.

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