The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine intends to urge the international parliaments to impose sanctions against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko as Deputy Chair of the Verkhovna Rada Olena Kondratyuk reported.
“I would like to join this regulation in which the Ukrainian parliament expresses the demand to the authorities of the Republic of Belarus toward the stop of the illicit prosecution of opposition, journalists, urgent release of Roman Pratasevich and other political prisoners,” Kondratyuk said.
According to her, urging the international and European organizations, government, and parliaments of the states to apply sanctions against Lukashenko’s regime, Ukraine should provide an example of such solidarity.
“That is why it is necessary to appeal to the president and the National Security and Defense Council with the request to determine a list and urgently apply sanctions against particular people from the entourage of Lukashenko, as well as officials involved in the acts of the state terrorism, systematical violation of human rights, prosecution and detention of journalists and political opponents of the regime,” Kondratyuk added.
On May 23, the founder of the largest opposition telegram channel of Belarus NEXTA, journalist Roman Pratasevich, 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.
Besides, six U.N. Security Council members - Estonia, France, Ireland, Norway, Britain and the United States - condemned on May 26 the interception of a plane by Belarus as “a blatant attack on international civilian aviation safety and European security”.
Ukraine has ceased the air traffic with Belarus at midnight, on May 26.