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Tension between Belarus and Lithuania after airspace violation

Baltic country summoned the ambassador from Minsk

During today's morning, on Monday August 24, 2020, foreign ministry of Lithuania summoned the ambassador of Belarus following an alleged violation of the airspace of the Baltic country. As reported by the local media, a Mi-24 military helicopter took off from Minsk would have crossed the border to reach some balloons, which were then destroyed. Belarus, a Nation in which protests continue following the sixth consecutive re-election of Aleksandr Lukashenko, specified that it had intervened as the balloons were considered "anti-state symbols" and that there was no need to resort to arms .

The violation took place near the town of Volkovshchina, Oshmyany district. The incident was also commented by Oleg Orlov, deputy commander of the Belarusian air force, according to which Lithuania would have put in place a real provocation that had to be stopped quickly: the pilots were praised by Orlov for their readiness and accuracy.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency