On Thursday, June 24, the European Union on approved sectoral sanctions against Belarus over the forced landing of a Ryanair aircraft in Minsk. Radio Liberty correspondent Rikard Jozwiak reported this on Twitter.
It is noted that the sanctions will affect the oil, tobacco, technology, and banking industries.
“Written procedure ended. The EU's Belarus sectoral sanctions now approved. they will hit sectors such as petroleum, potash, banking, tobacco and surveillance technologies,” Jozwiak wrote.
written procedure ended. the EU's #Belarus sectoral sanctions now approved. they will hit sectors such as petroleum, potash, banking, tobacco and surveillance technologies.— Rikard Jozwiak (@RikardJozwiak) June 24, 2021
On June 18, the European Union was set to ban new loans to Belarus after reaching a deal on Friday for economic sanctions on Belarus as punishment for forcing down a flight to arrest a journalist Roman Protasevich.
On June 21, it became known that European Union foreign ministers will approve a fresh set of sanctions against scores of officials in Belarus and prepare a series of measures aimed at hurting the country’s economy.
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 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.
Ukraine also closed its airspace for Belarusian planes on May 29.