The EU will ban Belarusian airlines from flying to the EU

2 weeks ago
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The EU countries are discussing new possible sanctions against Minsk.

The EU countries will ban flights of Belarusian airlines to the European Union.

This decision was formally approved on Friday by the EU ambassadors in Brussels.

The decision was triggered by the emergency landing of the Ryanair plane in Minsk on May 23 and the arrest of opposition blogger Roman Protasevich and Russian citizen Sofia Sapieha, who were on board.

The EU believes that the plane was forced to land under false pretexts in order to arrest Protasevich, a prominent critic of Alexander Lukashenko’s regime.

The Belarusian state airline Belavia has not flown to EU countries for more than a week after most EU countries consequently banned its flights.

European airlines also bypass the territory of Belarus, flying to Russia and further to the east.

A number of countries also do not allow Belavia planes, transiting through their airspace.

EU countries are discussing new possible sanctions against Minsk in connection with the arrest of Protasevich.