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Belarusian planes to be banned from flying at EU airports, - journalist

Source : 112 Ukraine

The ban should take effect at midnight
17:42, 4 June 2021

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EU ambassadors have approved a ban on landing Belarusian planes at EU airports. Radio Liberty correspondent Rikard Jozwiak wrote about this on Twitter.

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"EU ambassadors have given the green light to ban the landing of any aircraft of Belarusian carriers at EU airports. It should take effect at midnight," Jozwiak wrote.

Related: EU to introduce anti-Belarusian sanctions this week

As it was reported, 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.

Related: European airlines banned from flying over Belarus

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.

Related: Ukraine warns Belarus of sanctions in case of flights to Crimea

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