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Lithuania proposes to impose economic sanctions against Belarus

Source : 112 Ukraine

Lithuanian Foreign Minister proposed to the European Union to introduce restrictions on the export of oil products from Belarus
14:36, 25 May 2021

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis
Delfi

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis called for sanctions on Belarus over the Ryanair incident and the arrest of opposition leader Roman Protasevich. It was reported by Delfi.

“We, breaking off economic relations, in fact, should impose sanctions on companies trading with this country. We support the earliest possible adoption of the fourth package of sanctions and for the beginning of discussions on the fifth package, which will also cover certain sectors - the oil sector, where large-scale trade with the EU is observed., " Landsbergis said.

As the minister noted, such restrictions are introduced by the decision of the heads of the EU Council. Vilnius itself cannot take such a step.

Related: Belarus sends off ambassador, all diplomats working for Latvian Embassy, - Minister

On Mat 23, 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 incidence with plane.

Related: Lukashenko signs law that would cut off communications in Belarus

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