The leaders of the 27 are studying the closure of the airspace for Belarusian airlines and the veto on their access to airports in the European Union. They are also calling on European airlines not to fly over Belarus in response to the incident this Sunday involving the Minsk a Ryanair emergency landing flight to arrest a Belarusian dissident.
According to draft conclusions of the European Council, to which Europa Press had access, the heads of state or government condemn the air succession and the arrest of journalist Roman Protasevich and his partner Sofia Sapega, who are demanding their immediate release.
The European Council calls for the “necessary measures” by the EU to ban Belarusian airlines from flying over EU airspace and landing at airports in the European bloc.
She also urges EU airlines to avoid flying over the country and calls for an investigation into the “unacceptable” incident by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The heads of state and government are also calling on the EU to extend the individual sanctions that Belarus have put on authoritarian emigration in the country and that keep 88 heads of state and government on the European blacklist.