Willy, really now

As the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, prepared the UK’s response to last Sunday’s forced landing of a Ryanair jet by a Belarusian MiG-29 over its airspace to secure the trumped-up detention of a well-known democracy activist, Roman Protasevich, it must have crossed his mind that Britain’s response would have been so much stronger within the EU. The UK is now a little Sir Echo, weakening the west. It is part of the reason why Belarus’s president, Alexander Lukashenko, can act with impunity, as he refuses to acknowledge his loss of last’s August presidential election.

Riiiight.

22 thoughts on “Willy, really now”

  1. “Is there anything that happens, anything at all, that can’t be blamed on Brexit?”

    If there is, it’s only because ‘Climate Change’ got there first

  2. I do wonder about this international law thingy. The aircraft was in their airspace so most would agree they have a sovereign right to ask/force it to land if it is deemed to be a danger. The threat of bomb or someone aboard who the state considers to be a terrorist (a.k.a. another persons freedom fighter) could be deemed such a danger. It then boils down to how valid or how made up the concern is on the scale of an IRA message containing verified codewords to a dodgy dossier massaged by the security services to give a certain previous PM justification to invade Iraq.

  3. The Meissen Bison

    Britain’s response would have been so much stronger within the EU

    How robust has been the response from the EU of 27?

    Does Mr Lukashenko ever give an act of aerial coition for anything the EU says?

    Isn’t the truth that threats from the EU only ever operate effectively against its own member states and even then…

  4. Isn’t Ryanair Irish? Isn’t The Republic of Ireland still in the EU? Is it, in fact, anything at all to do with the UK?

  5. Blimey. I missed the fact that it was Will ‘The complete and utter moronic Grauniad columnist’ Hutton writing the drivel.

  6. Ryanair is an Irish company and the flight was between Athens and Vilnius. It has fuck all to do with the UK.

  7. Surely this is a case for responding via the Chicago Air Convention.

    Article 1: Every state has complete and exclusive sovereignty over airspace above its territory.

    Article 3 bis: Every other state must refrain from resorting to the use of weapons against civil aircraft in flight.

    Article 5: The aircraft of states, other than scheduled international air services, have the right to make flights across state’s territories and to make stops without obtaining prior permission. However, the state may require the aircraft to make a landing.

    Article 6: (Scheduled air services) No scheduled international air service may be operated over or into the territory of a contracting State, except with the special permission or other authorization of that State.

    They seem the relevant clauses. What’s been breeched?

  8. If we had remained within the EU would Dominic Raab have been allowed to make any response at all?
    Yes? If so it would have been a response from the UK, not the EU and there is no difference.
    No? Well, then ….

  9. A reaction from the UK…

    Better write that Sternly Worded Letter on the coarsest of paper….
    Then you have an actual chance Lukashenko won’t wipe his arse with it, or if he demonstatively does, you might actually cause him some discomfort.

  10. Bloke in North Dorset

    Does anyone seriously think that Germany is going to allow the EU to do anything that will jeopardise the Nord Stream 2 project, Brexit or not?

  11. One does ask what sort of reaction the EU, or anyone else, made when the May revolution took place in Ukraine, and the Russians then supported the opposition.

    All of these drongos are just dying for Palmerston to send a gunboat to Minsk. I think they’re the ones who are nostalgic for the British empire.

  12. “All of these drongos are just dying for Palmerston to send a gunboat to Minsk. I think they’re the ones who are nostalgic for the British empire.”

    The Left project. Everything they accuse their opponents of wanting/being is what they secretly want/are themselves.

  13. MC is spot on. The plane was registered in Poland and belongs to Buzz, the Polish subsidiary of Ryanair which is Irish. It was flying between Greece and Lithuania. That’s four EU countries. Let the EU Air Force deal with it. Oh, wait…

  14. @Kjerulf

    Ummm… EU force… nah… But….

    With the whole IraqGhaniSiristan mess over the past 2 decades…
    I can only speak for the dutch involvement, but our relatively tiny military means that “Veteran” has become a matter of “how many tours did you do”. Across all divisions: land, air, and sea..
    With Europe “at peace” no less. It’s almost like damned Vietnam..

    Not that it helps against the sheer bulk Russia could deploy ( oh wait.. they’ve been playing around in that area as well….) but the whole “never been blooded” principle towards a fair part of several european military forces isn’t applicable at the moment.

    Not that military force is the answer here… But “oh, they’d be useless” is not exactly an issue at the moment.

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