EU bans Belarusian airlines, opposition demands G7 sanctions

Brussels / Warsaw-Belarus airlines will be banned from flying over the territory of the European Union and accessing its airport from Friday.

The EU decision is one of the planned sanctions against Belarus for Minsk scrambling fighters and landing a Ryanair plane carrying opposition journalists on May 23 and subsequently arrested. It is a department.

The move is expected to take effect at midnight Central European time, saying EU member states need to “refuse permission to land, take off, or fly over territory on aircraft operated by Belarusian airlines.” The EU government said in a statement ..

This ban also includes marketing airlines that sell seats on planes operated by other airlines as part of a codeshare agreement.

On Wednesday, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a safety directive that all EU aircraft should also avoid Belarusian airspace, except in emergencies.

The global aviation trade association, IATA, has criticized the decision to make flights to Asia longer and more expensive.

However, the EU and NATO believe that the forced landing of a plane from Athens to Vilnius to arrest journalist Roman Platasevic and his girlfriend is equivalent to national piracy and should not be tolerated.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Protasevic was planning a rebellion and accused Western nations of waging a hybrid war against him.

Belavia, a state-owned airline, serves approximately 20 airports in Europe, including Germany, France, Italy and Austria.

Enforcement of the ban on Belarusian aircraft carriers is left to EU governments, who are also members of NATO, who can scramble fighters to protect airspace.

G7 Focus on Belarus

Opposition leader Sviatrana Zikanoskaya, who fled from Belarus to Lithuania after the August 2020 presidential election, told Reuters that seven countries should work together to impose new sanctions.

Leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States will discuss Belarus on June 11, but the organizer, the United Kingdom, has yet to call on France to invite Belarusian opponents to the event. I don’t accept it.

“If these countries act together and call on the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union, and Ukraine, the pressure is stronger,” said Tsikhanouskaya.

EU governments say they are considering giving Lukashenko real punishment by targeting sectors that play a central role in Belarus’ economy. They could include fixed income sales, the oil sector, and major export potash.

However, according to diplomats, Brock will agree to a smaller list of sanctions on individuals and two entities by June 21 as a quick intermediary response.

Tsikhanouskaya said rebels have been more concerned about security since the Ryanair incident and will seek to provide more security training to asylum seekers.

“I think we’ve begun to pay more attention to safety, but this is also the administration’s strategy to threaten and offend people,” she said.

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