News of the Day: 29 May 2021

RFE/RL: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says he thinks it is likely that Belarusian authorities organized the diversion last week of an Irish airliner to Minsk with ally Russia. The military alliance leader was speaking to Sky News on May 28 aboard a British aircraft carrier during NATO’s largest military exercises of the year. “We know the very close relationship between Russia and Belarus, and therefore it’s hard to believe that the regime in Minsk could do something like this without any kind of coordination with Russia,” Stoltenberg said.

The Moscow Times: Russia has confirmed 5,053,748 cases of coronavirus and 120,807 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is above 460,000.

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