Posted on Jun 01, 2021
Russia will defend Belarus, and provide assistance, if the European Union imposes economic sanctions on Minsk over the grounding of a plane and arrest of a dissident blogger, the RIA news agency cited a Russian foreign ministry official as saying.
Many European nations have imposed flight bans on Belarusian aviation over the forced landing of a Ryanair flight on May 23rd. Moscow has responded by slapping bans on European airlines seeking to fly to Russia but without overflying Belarus. Overflight fees are a major source of income for the country.
- Air France & Austrian Airlines banned from Russian airspace in reprisal for EU action against Belarus
- Air France Paris-Moscow flight cancelled after Russia fails to authorise new route by-passing Belarus
- Belarus facing sanctions after Ryanair "hijacking" outrage and arrest of Roman Protasevich
- Russia's Lavrov backs Belarus' "hijacking" of Ryanair flight FR4978
The EU is currently weighing further sanctions, and the U.S. has announced that it would reimpose sanctions on nine of the country’s state-owned companies and would join Brussels and the member states in developing a list of additional targets.
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