Today, June 16, 2021, ambassadors of the European Union approved a new package of sanctions against Belarus. It includes, among others, those responsible for the incident with the forced landing of Ryanair aircraft and the detention of opposition journalist Roman Protasevich.
“EU ambassadors have just approved visa bans and asset freezes for 78 people and 7 organizations responsible for the repression in Belarus and the forced boarding of a Ryanair flight on May 23. Publication is expected in the official EU journal on June 21,” Radio Liberty Brussels correspondent Rickard Jozwiak reported on Twitter.
As a reminder, earlier, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko expressed doubts that the EU would impose sectoral sanctions that would apply to the transit of Russian gas to the European Union.
“I don’t think the Europeans will shoot themselves in the foot. They don’t need to shoot themselves in the foot. It’s not like they’re Ukraine. So I don’t think they’ll take that leverage. It will cost them a lot of money,” Lukashenko said.