The possibility of Greece launching criminal proceedings against those responsible for the hijacking of the Ryanair aircraft on the Athens-Vilnius flight and the forced landing in Minsk was left open by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, in an interview with Eur EU to re-impose sanctions on Belarus.
Regarding the issue of EU financial sanctions in Minsk, Mr. Dendias clarified that "he is not against the Belarusian economy, he is against the Belarussian regime. "And what the European Union is trying to do is show clearly that it supports Belarusian society in its efforts to restore democracy in the country."
"Having said that, we have not forgotten the issue of the piracy of the Ryanair aircraft. "Greece - as the plane had departed from Athens for Vilnius - is considering whether to launch a criminal prosecution against those responsible," he said.
Asked if the sanctions would lead Lukashenko to turn further to the Russian president, Dendias stressed that "this is a false dilemma. The European Union - because of its principles, because of its values, because of its DNA - must support democracy and those who fight for democracy. "Everything else, if you will allow me, is a philosophy."