The European Union has agreed to close its airspace to flights of Belarusian airlines from midnight and to ban landings and take-offs at European airports as part of the sanctions imposed by the leaders of the 27 May summit against the incident of the Ryanair flight in Belarus.
The passage between Athens and Vilnia had to make an emergency landing in Minsk under the pretext of a security problem in order to arrest the journalist Roman Protasevich and his partner, critical of the regime.
The EU Council, which unites the member states, decided in writing to implement the measure in the entire bloc. So far, several neighboring countries had already coordinated the now generalized closure of the airspace.
“EU member states are asked to refuse flight tickets offered by Belarusian airlines to land, fly through or overfly their territory,” the Council said in a statement.
The air disputes provoked by Belarus made up a large part of the 27th Summit of Heads of State and Government last May. Since the Minsk maneuver was not long ago, the heads of state and government condemned the “unacceptable” episode, which “endangers aviation security” and denounced the situation of Protasevich and his partner.
In response, the heads of state and government called for the “necessary measures” to be taken to ban Belarusian airlines from flying over the airspace and using the infrastructure in the EU, a sanction that is now officially adopted.