The EU has agreed on economic sanctions against Belarus over the capture of Protasevich – the media
It is unknown at this time whether these sanctions, developed by EU experts, will be finally approved during a meeting of EU leaders on 22 June.EU experts agree on economic sanctions against Belarus / photo by REUTERS
The European Union has agreed on economic sanctions against Belarus in response to the Ryanair incident and the arrest of blogger Roman Protasevich .
This was reported by Radio Liberty with reference to European diplomats.
It is not yet known whether these sanctions, developed by EU experts, will be finally approved during a meeting of EU leaders on June 22.
According to Reuters, sanctions, if agreed at the political level, include a ban on new loans, securities trading or the purchase of short-term bonds by EU investors, the provision of investment services by EU banks and EU export credits.
The agency notes that it has previously agreed on a tougher arms embargo and a ban on the export to Belarus of communications equipment that could be used for espionage.
There is also a ban on the import of potash fertilizers to the EU, the main point of Belarusian exports, as well as restrictions on the purchase by the European Union in Belarus of tobacco products, oil and related petroleum products.
Earlier, the EU had denied Belarusian airlines access to airports and its airspace. The European aviation regulator has also called on other airlines to avoid Belarus’ airspace.
European Commission Vice President and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Joseph Borrell said earlier that the bloc was likely to impose economic sanctions on Belarus this month.
On June 10, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on Belarus, in which it advised the introduction of another package of sanctions.
Landing of Ryanair plane and arrest of Roman Protasevich
On May 23, a Ryanair plane flying from Athens to Vilnius was forced to land in Minsk due to a report of a mine that turned out to be false. Belarus lifted a MiG-29 fighter into the sky to escort a passenger plane. According to the Belarusian state media, the order was given personally by Alexander Lukashenko.
After an emergency landing, Belarusian opposition journalist and blogger Roman Protasevich and his Russian girlfriend Sofia Sapega were detained. Protasevich faces at least a long prison term on charges of organizing mass riots.