Six U.N. Security Council members condemn Belarus plane interception

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Six U.N. Security Council members - Estonia, France, Ireland, Norway, Britain and the United States - condemned on Wednesday the interception of a plane by Belarus as "a blatant attack on international civilian aviation safety and European security."

They issued the joint statement after Estonia, France and Ireland raised the incident in a private meeting of the 15-member Security Council.

The six members also called for an investigation by the International Civil Aviation Organization and the release of a dissident journalist who was on the flight.

Security Council action is unlikely, diplomats say, because veto-power Russia can shield its ally Belarus.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Chris Reese)

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