The day before, Sky News Arabia TV channel aired the interview with the Belarus President. Aleksandr Lukashenko answered a number of topical questions. Commenting on the situation with the landing of the Ryanair aircraft at the Minsk airport, the President of Belarus called the incident a pre-planned provocation. Aleksandr Lukashenko also responded to the West's allegations regarding Belarus' involvement in illegal migration, and described how sanctions affected the country's economy.