EU Prepares Sanctions Against Airline Belarus
The European Union is preparing sanctions against Belarus’ flag carrier Belavia. A dozen key aviation officials from that country will also face European sanctions, and diplomats told Reuters news agency.
Belavia may be told that it is no longer allowed to fly over EU territory. The measures are still being worked out, but EU ambassadors from member states may already agree to them on a provisional basis on Friday.
Final approval could follow later this month. Then Belavia, which is already banned by several member states, would no longer be welcome throughout the union.
Economic sanctions are also still being worked on, but they are likely to take longer. “All EU countries agree on this approach,” an insider told Reuters. A second source spoke of a “clear signal” to Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko “that his actions are dangerous and unacceptable”.
EU countries are angry over the arrest of two passengers who were on a Ryanair flight to Lithuania. The pilot of the scheduled flight had been pressured to land in Minsk, where authorities detained dissident journalist Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend.