Belarusian authorities on Sunday diverted a Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius as it was flying in its airspace. Roman Pratasevich, a journalist, and his girlfriend were both arrested.
Speaking to Euronews on Tuesday evening, Tsikhanouskaya said it was “a huge mistake that he [President Alexander Lukashenko] involved the passengers of other countries into this accident because he rose awareness about this situation in Belarus.”
“You have to look at this very situation not separately from overall political situation in Belarus because we have political and humanitarian crises. People are still being tortured and what we have seen with this flight is the result of impunity of regime.”
“Since December, there were not strong events or conferences or strong steps from democratic countries towards the regime and he felt that he can do everything he wants,” she added.