MINSK, 26 September (BelTA) – Canada has not issued visas to representatives of Belarus to attend a meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to discuss the incident with the Ryanair aircraft, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Vladimir Makei said in an interview with RIA Novosti, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“Our position on this report is known: it is an absolutely ungrounded, politicized report. Moreover, the commissions that came to Belarus and the experts did not even bother to read, listen to our points, collect all the necessary information that we were ready to provide, and they did not give us the opportunity to study the information that we requested. This report failed to reflect a number of important things,” the foreign minister said.
He said that the Canadian authorities did not issue a visa for the Belarusian delegation to participate in the ICAO meeting: “This report will be considered at an ICAO meeting that will be held in a couple of days. We were ready to send our delegation there, a delegation of specialists who would present their arguments and perhaps their points would be taken on board by the leadership of this organization. However, unfortunately, the Canadian authorities did not issue visas to our delegation. I am convinced that all this was purposefully planned. This suggests that they are simply afraid to be confronted by the evidence that can refute the speculations presented in this report.”
“Naturally, this is about politicization and the fear to hear the things that will prove the contrary and refute the arguments set forth in the report. This points to fabricated things, fabricated documents, a fabricated report,” Vladimir Makei added.