Statement by Foreign Minister Maas on the diversion of Ryanair flight FR4978 to Minsk:
Diverting a flight between two EU states under the pretext of a bomb threat is a serious interference in civil aviation in Europe. We are very concerned about reports that journalist Roman Protasevich was arrested as a result of this operation. Such an act cannot remain without clear consequences on the part of the European Union. We are in close exchange on this with affected EU partners. The upcoming informal European Council should also discuss the incident. In any case, Belarus must immediately ensure the safety, integrity and freedom of all passengers and release Roman Protasevich.