Belarusian airlines banned from UK airspace unless authorised

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Transport Secretary Grant Shapps speaks during a virtual news conference in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Belarusian airlines will not be allowed to enter British airspace unless they have specific authorisation, Britain said on Tuesday after a Ryanair plane was forced to land in Minsk in an incident denounced by Western countries as "state piracy".

"With immediate effect, Belarusian airlines will be prevented from entering UK airspace unless specifically authorised," British transport minister Grant Shapps wrote on Twitter.

(Reporting by Costas Pitas, editing by David Milliken)

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