/ 26 May 2021

Europe cracks down on ‘hijacked’ flight

The European Union has tightened sanctions on Belarus and will stop airlines from the member states flying over its airspace (which makes for quite a flight map…). The crackdown follows Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s forcing of a Ryanair flight to land in Minsk to arrest critic/journalist Roman Protasevich on Sunday. The dissident appeared in a video yesterday saying he was being treated “as correctly as possible” and that he would “continue to cooperate with the investigation”. Some believe Protasevich was coerced into making the statement. The new sanctions will cover individuals involved in the ‘hijacking’ and businesses that finance the Lukashenko regime.

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