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Protasevich was flying on an intra-EU flight from Athens to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, when the plane was diverted to Minsk. According to online flight data, the plane was over Belarusian airspace when it diverted course but was closer to Vilnius than Minsk.

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Forcing the emergency landing of a European jetliner would be an extraordinary act even for Lukashenko's government, which has launched a broad crackdown on opposition leaders and independent media.

European officials reacted angrily on Sunday, as governments that have been strongly critical of Lukashenko called the grounding of an airliner a dangerous act without precedent.

Without precedent?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun May 23rd, 2021 at 04:30:42 PM EST
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