The parents of Belarusian opposition journalist Raman Pratasevich have asked for the mediation of the European Union and the United States to release the boy at a press conference held at the Warsaw headquarters of the Belarusian House Foundation.
As a mother of Raman, I turn to you, I want you to hear my cry, the cry of my soul, to understand (…) how much this absurd situation affects us
Natalia Pratasevich told reporters and asked them to help free her son, spread his request worldwide, forward it to leading politicians in the European Union and the United States.
As he said, the regime of President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus is applying a number of retaliation against the peacefully protesting population. And the captured journalist only informed the whole world about the developments and did so only because he wanted good for Belarus.
Raman Pratasevich’s father, Dmitry Pratasevich, said they could not be sure of their son’s health, they were afraid of his life, they didn’t even know where the authorities were holding him. They were not aware of the fate of his girlfriend, Sofia Sapega.
He also said they were threatening his wife.
Also speaking at the press conference was Stepan Pucila, founder of Nexta, who said Pratasevich was allegedly tortured and given drugs.
Belarusian authorities forced a Ryanair to land in Minsk from Athens to Vilnius on Sunday using a fighter jet, and authorities detained Raman Prataszejoke and his girlfriend, Sofia Sapega. The plane was forced to land due to a possible terrorist attack. According to the Minsk Ministry of Transport, the threatening message was as follows:
We Hamas soldiers are demanding that Israel stop the attack on the Gaza Strip. We demand that the European Union stop supporting Israel. (…) If our demands are not met, we detonated a hell of a plane over Vilnius aboard a Ryanair plane.
The radical Palestinian organization denied and found the claim ridiculous. However, according to a Swiss data protection email provider called Proton Technologies AG, the message did not reach the authorities until after the plane had been delivered.
We have not seen credible evidence that the Belarusian allegations are true. We will support the European authorities in their investigations as soon as we receive a legal request to do so
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The EU decided on Monday to impose sanctions on Minsk over forced landings. Among other things, it is proposing a ban on take-off and landing for Belarusian airlines in the EU.
After an informal (Gymnich) meeting of EU foreign ministers, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said work on sanctions had begun and that foreign ministers could make a decision soon. According to him, a peaceful solution must be found to the many unresolved conflicts in the European Union’s eastern neighborhood, and efforts to ensure the stability of the region must make the Union more effective.
In a joint resolution, the foreign ministers of the world’s seven most developed industrialized countries (G7) and Josep Borrell, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, condemned and called the Minsk incident unprecedented. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has been called upon to urgently investigate the case according to its rules and standards. They decided to
if necessary, additional sanctions will be introduced in order to promote the accountability of those responsible for the incident.
Alexander Lukashenko In a speech on Wednesday, he defended the delivery of a Ryanair passenger plane from Athens to Vilnius.
After the President of Belarus’s speech, Lithuania decided to strengthen the protection of the Belarusian border section. Lithuania has a common border with Belarus of almost 680 kilometers, which is also the EU’s external border. 38 percent of this was covered by surveillance tools. The protection of the remaining border sections will be improved in the next two years. EUR 38 million (HUF 13 billion) is earmarked for this.