Belarus president accuses west of launching ‘hybrid modern war’

Belarus president accuses west of launching ‘hybrid modern war’May 26, 2021

Alexander Lukashenko describes backlash against grounding of Ryanair flight and arrest of journalist a ‘planned provocation’

Alexander Lukashenko has given his first public remarks defending his grounding of a Ryanair flight last week, accusing the west of launching a “hybrid modern war” against Minsk and calling the backlash over the incident a “planned provocation”.

Addressing a session of parliament, Lukashenko also appeared to suggest the plane could have been shot down because it was flying over a nuclear power plant when it was diverted by the Belarusian government, which appeared to have concocted a bomb threat and scrambled a Mig-29 to ensure the plane landed.

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