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After the United Kingdom and Ukraine, European Union leaders on Monday asked European companies to avoid Belarusian airspace. The EU has also closed its airspace to Belarusian planes. The day before, a Ryanair plane had been diverted to Minsk by the Belarusian secret services, which arrested an opponent on board.
The EU decided, on the evening of Monday, May 24, to close its airspace to Belarusian aircraft in order to sanction the regime.Alexander Lukashenko, accused of having rerouted a European airliner to arrest a dissident, according to a spokesperson for the council.
The 27 Member States, meeting in summit in Brussels, also asked their airlines to avoid the overflight of Belarus and demanded “the immediate release” of the opponent Roman Protassevich and his partner, according to summit conclusions posted online by the spokesperson.
London and Kiev have already blacklisted the airspace of this former Soviet republic and the airlines Lufthansa, KLM, SAS and AirBaltic have announced their decision to avoid its overflight.