June 15, 2021

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U.S. to reimpose sanctions on Belarus after forced diversion of Ryanair flight – The Washington Post

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The diverted Ryanair flight had been en route May 23 from Athens to Vilnius, Lithuania, when — while in Belarusian airspace — air traffic controllers in Belarus ordered the plane to land in Minsk, citing possible explosives on board. After the flight was intercepted, Belarusian authorities arrested passenger Roman Protasevich, an opposition journalist, and his girlfriend, Russian activist Sofia Sapega.

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