“The Republic of Belarus stops its participation in the EU initiative Eastern Partnership. Belarus starts the implementation of the procedure of the stop of the action of the Agreement on the readmission with the EU. We cannot fulfill our commitments within this Agreement in terms of the sanctions and restrictions introduced by the EU. With deep regret we confirm that the forced stop of the action of the Agreement will negatively influence the interaction with the EU in the sphere of fight against illegal migration and organized crime,” the Foreign Ministry of Belarus stated.
Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry reported about the recall of the Permanent Representative of Belarus in the EU in minks for consultations. The Head of the EU Representative’s Office in Belarus was also offered to leave for Brussels for consultations to inform its leadership about the position of the Belarusian side on the unacceptability of the pressure and sanctions.
Moreover, the representatives of the EU structures and persons from the EU who facilitated the introduction of the restrictive measures will be banned from the entrance to Belarus.
On June 24, the European Union approved sectoral sanctions against Belarus over the forced landing of a Ryanair aircraft in Minsk. It is noted that the sanctions will affect the oil, tobacco, technology, and banking industries.
As it was reported earlier, on May 23, the founder of the largest opposition telegram channel of Belarus NEXTA, journalist Roman Protasevich, was detained in Minsk. The plane with Roman Protasevich on board flew from Athens to Vilnius. Suddenly, the plane gave a distress signal, changed course, and made an emergency landing at the Minsk National Airport. The emergency landing was caused by a mining signal.
The U.S. and a number of the EU countries demand to stop the flights over Belarus, including the flights to the country itself.
Ukraine also closed its airspace for Belarusian planes on May 29.