MOSCOW, June 18 / TASS /. Moscow expects the situation of Russian nationals imprisoned in Belarus to be resolved in the near future, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference after talks with Belarusian top diplomat Vladimir Makei on Friday.
“Let’s hope the situation will be resolved soon,” he said.
The Belarusian Foreign Ministry had sent Moscow information about the Russians imprisoned in Minsk, Lavrov said. “Vladimir Makei informed us about the situation of the Russian citizens imprisoned in Belarus, I mean Sofia Sapega and Yegor Dudnikov of consular access”.
On May 23, a Ryanair flight to Vilnius, which took off in Athens, had to make an emergency landing in the Belarusian capital Minsk after a reported bomb threat. The bomb threat came empty after the plane landed. Later came the news that Roman Protasevich, who was wanted in Belarus as a co-founder of the Nexta Telegram channel, which the Belarusian authorities recognized as extremist, was one of the passengers on the flight, accompanied by Russian Sofia Sapega. Both were arrested by Belarusian law enforcement agencies.