On November 10, Brussels warned that airlines that increase the flow of illegal migrants to the European Union would fall under the fifth package of sanctions against Belarus. This was stated by the President of the European Council Charles Michel following a meeting with the Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki in Warsaw on November 10.
"Airlines must also understand that we are going to see what levers can be mobilized in order not to endanger citizens who are brought to Belarus, as we know, in order to transport these people to the borders of the European Union, or in Poland or within the Baltic States," Michel said.
Sanctions are on the table. We must now coordinate with member states to identify most efficient tools.— Charles Michel (@eucopresident) November 10, 2021
We are ready to use them on the #Belarus regime and those participating in this system.
Hybrid attacks against the EU must stop. We must show our strong unity. @MorawieckiM pic.twitter.com/c9sRGBJro3
According to him, he discussed with the Polish Prime Minister measures to protect the borders of the European Union and countries that represent the external borders of the bloc. In addition, the Commissioner for Promoting European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas, will soon visit the countries of origin of illegal immigrants and their transit countries to talk about the tools that are planned to be used to prevent the movement of illegal migrants. Such actions, Michel says, endanger the lives of families, women and men whose plight is cynically exploited.
On the same day, journalist Rikard Jozwiak wrote on his Twitter that EU ambassadors have approved all the criteria for the 5th sanctions package on Belarus. Work on listings will now speed up, a political green light will likely be given at FAC on 15 Nov and actual publication likely a bit further down the road.
EU ambassadors have just approved all the criteria for the 5th sanctions package on #Belarus. Work on listings will now speed up, a political green light will likely be given at FAC on 15 Nov and actual publication likely a bit further down the road.— Rikard Jozwiak (@RikardJozwiak) November 10, 2021
Soon after the talks between the President of the European Commission and US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Bloomberg reported, citing an EU official, that Brussels is discussing the introduction of sanctions against Aeroflot and Turkish Airlines as part of a new package of restrictive measures against Belarus.
Brussels-based correspondent of Polskie Radio Beata Plometska reported that restrictions will concern individuals and Belavia company, involved in the illegal transportation of migrants from Africa and the Middle East. The Belarusian state-run air carrier will face the ban on landing in European airports, and flights over the EU member countries.
It should be noted that the migration pressure on the neighboring EU countries increased in the summer.