The European Union stands ready to support the people of Belarus, despite the government's decision to suspend the country's participation in the Eastern Partnership. EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell stated this on Twitter.
“Despite the decision by the Lukashenko regime to suspend Belarus participation in the Eastern Partnership, we are ready to continue working with the Belarusian people to strengthen the bonds, foster regional cooperation and tackle joint challenges,” he said.
Despite the decision by the Lukashenko regime to suspend #Belarus participation in the #EasternPartnership, we are ready to continue working with the Belarusian people to strengthen the bonds, foster regional cooperation and tackle joint challenges.— Josep Borrell Fontelles (@JosepBorrellF) June 28, 2021
As it was reported, on June 28, Belarus stated that it leaves the EU initiative Eastern Partnership due to the unprecedented sanctions imposed by Brussels.
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.