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Western powers call for probe into Belarus plane diversion

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Minsk (AFP) – The United States and western European members of the UN Security Council called Wednesday for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to investigate Belarus’ diversion of a European flight and arrest of a dissident on board. Their call came hours after a defiant President Alexander Lukashenko on Wednesday defended the action, lashing out at critics at home and abroad. The shockwaves from the affair multiplied Wednesday, as a Barcelona-bound flight from Minsk had to turn back after being refused access to French airspace, and as Poland closed its airspace to Belarusi…

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