EU should impose additional sanctions on Belarus

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The EU High Representative for Foreign Relations and Security Policy Josep Borrell attended the General Assembly of the European Parliament held in Strasbourg and delivered a speech during the session on Belarus.

Borrell recalled that Belarusian opposition journalist Roman Protasevic, who was on board the Ryanair plane, which had landed due to a bomb threat in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, while on the flight Athens-Vilnius, had been stopped, and that to impose sanctions on Belarus in the field of aviation.

Giving the message that new economic sanctions are underway at the request of the European Council, Borrell expressed his hope that they will also be accepted at the EU foreign ministers meeting on June 21.

Borrell said: “This will affect vital sectors of the Belarusian economy. However, the final decision will be taken by the Member States. he said.

Stressing that there are 450 political prisoners in Belarus and they want their release, Borrell said that if Belarus becomes a democratic country, a € 3 billion support plan is ready.

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The EU has banned Belarusian airlines from using EU airspace and airports after the Ryanair plane lands and announced that further additional sanctions will be imposed.

The EU currently has sanctions against a large number of Belarusian officials and institutions, including Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. These include restrictions such as travel bans and asset freezes. These sanctions were introduced on the grounds that the elections held in Belarus in August 2020 were unfair and that the opposition was under pressure.


The Ryanair plane, carrying 123 passengers from Greece to Lithuania, made an emergency landing on May 23 while in Belarusian airspace, on the grounds that there was a bomb threat .

Roman Protasevic, founder and former editor of a social media account known for his opposition identity, who was among the passengers on the plane that landed in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, and wanted for involvement suspected in terrorist activities, was detained.

As a result of the searches, it was announced that the bomb threat was unfounded, and after the necessary checks, the plane left Minsk airport and went to Vilnius.

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