Minsk will Contact ICAO Due to Restrictions on Flights of Airlines
OREANDA-NEWS. Belarus intends to apply to ICAO in connection with the ban of some countries on the use of their airspace in relation to Belarusian air carriers. This was reported by the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Belarus.
The ministry's website provides a commentary by the aviation department: "The unilateral decision by Ukraine to restrict the use of the airspace of Ukraine by Belarusian aircraft violates the provisions of the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation of 1944 and the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the Government of Ukraine on Air Traffic in 1995, which prohibit discrimination of foreign aircraft on national grounds when introducing domestic rules and prohibitions regarding admission to the territory of such aircraft. The introduction of this restriction, which is harmful to the Belarusian airline "Belavia" and the persons using its services, was carried out without preliminary negotiations to resolve possible disagreements, which is also a violation by Ukraine of its international legal obligations towards Belarus. "
The department noted that, taking into account the incidents with the Siberia Airlines aircraft shot down during the exercises of the air defense forces of Ukraine in 2001, and the Malaysia Airlines aircraft shot down over the territory of the eastern part of Ukraine in 2014, as well as the threats in In 2016, the use of military force against the Belavia aircraft raises doubts about the sufficiency of Ukraine's provision of flight safety and aviation security, as well as its objectivity and non-politicization in assessing the ability of Belarus to ensure flight safety and aviation security.
In connection with the above, as noted in the commentary, the aviation authorities of the Republic of Belarus do not recommend foreign air carriers to use the airspace of Ukraine when flying. The department noted that questions also arise "regarding the objectivity and non-politicization of the qualifications of a number of states, including Ukraine, the situation with the Ryanair flight FR4978, which took place on May 23, 2021, their silence regarding the emergency landing of the aircraft of the same airline in Berlin from - for reporting the bomb literally in a week. "