Lithuanian PM calls for closure of Belarusian airspace

Simonyte added that the plane’s forced landing was an "act of state terrorism" and that Lithuania would demand an "uncompromising response".

"It is an unprecedented attack against an international community as a civilian plane and its passengers have been hijacked by military force," Simonyte said in a video statement published on Monday (May 24).

Belarusian authorities scrambled a fighter jet and flagged what turned out to be a false bomb alert to force a Ryanair plane to land on Sunday (May 23) and then detained an opposition-minded journalist who was on board, drawing criticism from across Europe and the United States.

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