European Union leaders have announced sanctions for Belarus after it forcibly diverted a Ryanair flight, and arrested of a dissident journalist. The measures were agreed upon at a summit in Brussels.
Member states decided to take the following steps:
Belarusian airlines will be banned from using EU airspace and airports
Economic sanctions and travel restrictions will be imposed on a number of individuals linked to the plane’s diversion
And a 3 billion euro EU investment package for Belarus will remain on hold
The European Council is demanding the immediate release of detained journalist Roman Protasevich. His supporters fear for his safety.
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