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EU plans to adopt new sanctions against Belarus in June

Source : 112 Ukraine

Sanctions will be introduced due to forced landing of Ryanair flight in Minsk
22:45, 26 May 2021

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The European Union plans to adopt the fourth package of sanctions against Belarus in June. This was announced by journalist Rikard Jozwiak on his Twitter page.

The EU wants to impose sanctions due to the forced landing of a Ryanair flight in Minsk.

"The 4th sanctions package on Belarus should be adopted in June. Listings of ppl responsible for the forced landing of the Ryanair flight should also be done then. Sectoral sanctions will prob take a bit longer but the aim to have it done before the EU summer break in August," the journalist wrote.

Related: Detained Protasevich took part in hostilities in Donbas, - Lukashenko

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 EU stated that the plane of Ryanair Company was forced to land at Minsk Airport due to the actions of the Belarusian military aircraft. CEO of Ryanair Michael O'Leary stated that the forcible landing of Athens-Vilnius flight in Belarus was highjacking backed by the state.

Head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen threatened with sanctions the Belarusian officials responsible for the incident with the plane.

The U.S. and a number of the EU countries demand to stop the flights over Belarus, including the flights to the country itself.

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