Debrief: Mid-air plane diversion to Belarus was a ruse

Belarusian journalist and dissident Roman Protasevich was arrested along with his partner, prompting an international outcry.
Belarusian journalist and dissident Roman Protasevich was arrested along with his partner, prompting an international outcry.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

A plane flying from Athens, Greece, to Vilnius, Lithuania, on Sunday (May 23) was forced to make an emergency landing in Minsk, Belarus, after a bomb threat was made on board, which was followed shortly by the appearance of a Belarusian fighter jet alongside the craft.

While the emergency landing of an airplane flying over eastern Europe after being diverted in mid-air might appear insignificant, what happened next was not.

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