EU condemns the forced landing of a Ryanair flight in Minsk, Belarus and detention of journalist

The European Union has sternly condemned the the forced landing of a Ryanair flight in Minsk, Belarus and detention of journalist Raman Pratasevich and Sofia Sapega. In a statement, the European Council issued the following remarks 

“The European Council 

demands the immediate release of Raman Pratasevich and Sofia Sapega and that their freedom of movement be guaranteed; 

– calls on the International Civil Aviation Organization to urgently investigate this unprecedented and unacceptable incident; 

– invites the Council to adopt additional listings of persons and entities as soon as possible on the basis of the relevant sanctions framework; 

– calls on the Council to adopt further targeted economic sanctions and invites the High Representative and the Commission to submit proposals without delay to this end; 

– calls on all EU-based carriers to avoid overflight of Belarus; 

– calls on the Council to adopt the necessary measures to ban overflight of EU airspace by Belarusian airlines and prevent access to EU airports of flights operated by such airlines; 

– stands in solidarity with Latvia following the unjustified expulsion of Latvian diplomats.” 

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