After the forced landing of an airplane, the EU wants to send a signal against the actions of the Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko. The country faces several economic sanctions.
According to the Austrian Foreign Ministry and diplomatic circles, the EU has agreed on economic sanctions against Belarus after an aircraft has been forced to land. Among other things, no new loans are to be approved and EU investors are no longer allowed to trade in certain government bonds, it said on Friday. In addition, it is no longer allowed to import potash from Belarus, an important export product for the country.
The agreement at expert level requires the approval of the EU member states, which will meet on Thursday. “With this agreement, the EU is sending a very clear, but also targeted, signal against the unbearable repression of the Belarusian regime,” said a statement by the ministry.
On May 23, a Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius was intercepted by a Belarusian fighter jet because of an alleged bomb threat and diverted to Minsk for landing. The Belarusian opposition activist Roman Protassevich, who was on board, was subsequently arrested. The actions of the government of President Alexander Lukashenko have been condemned internationally.