After the forced transfer of aircraft and the arrest of an opposition journalist, the European Union agreed to adopt other sanctions to bar Belarus from entering its airspace.
The leaders of the European Union have agreed to a series of sanctions against Belarus, including a prohibition on the use of the airspace and airport of the 27-nation group of 27 EU countries to arrest an opposition party when they are angry for the forced arrest of a civil airliner. reporter.
EU leaders called this a reckless “hijacking” of the Irish airline Ryanair’s flight from Greece to Lithuania on Sunday. They demanded the immediate release of Roman dictator Roman Protasevich on Monday. The author is the main critic of the dictator, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
The EU leaders also decided to impose personal sanctions on officials involved in the operation, and called on the ICAO to investigate actions they consider unprecedented and what some people call “state terrorism.”
Once legal procedures allow, the decisions made at the summit will be put into action.
Protasevich said in a video released earlier on Monday that he was cooperating with the authorities and “admitted” allegations of organizing a protest.
Protasevich said in a video broadcast on national television: “I am in Minsk No. 1 Detention Center. I can say that I have no health problems, including my heart or any other organs.”
The 26-year-old man in a black hoodie sits behind a table in an inconspicuous room with a pack of cigarettes next to him.
His hands were irritable when he made the statement, and some dark spots were visible on his forehead.
“The attitude of the employees to me is as correct as possible and to act in accordance with the law. I continue to cooperate with investigators and admit that a large-scale unrest has been organized in Minsk,” he said.
His allies said these comments were made under duress.
“This is what Raman looks like under physical and moral pressure. I demand the immediate release of Raman and all political prisoners,” Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Thiskanouskaya wrote in Belarusian spelled English on his Twitter.
The Belarusian Ministry of Interior earlier confirmed the arrest of Protasevich and stated that he had been detained before trial.
Minsk also rejected social media rumors that Protasevich has been hospitalized and stated that the authorities have no information about any health problems.
The statement, published on the Telegram Message Service, is the first time the authorities have provided the statement since Protasevich’s location, because he was forced to make an emergency landing at Minsk Airport on Sunday and was detained.
The blogger’s suffering began on Sunday, when a Belarusian MiG-29 fighter jet rushed to intercept a Ryanair flight from Greece to Lithuania in response to an alleged bomb threat and escorted it to Minsk.
Ryanair said that the Belarusian air traffic control department notified its crew of “potential security threats on board” and instructed them to transfer the aircraft to the nearest Minsk airport. After landing, the Belarusian authorities detained Protasevich.
Last year, the European Union and the United States imposed several rounds of financial sanctions on Minsk, which had no effect on the behavior of President Alexander Lukashenko. President Alexander Lukashenko has endured extensive demonstrations against his rule after the controversial elections.
Lukashenko denied election fraud. Since the controversial vote, the authorities have rounded up thousands of his opponents, and all major opposition figures have now been imprisoned or exiled.
Belarus said it was acting in response to a false bomb threat written in the name of the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum denied that his team had any knowledge or connection with the matter.
Belarus stated that its ground controllers had provided guidance for the flight, but had not ordered its landing. The official media said that the intervention was ordered by Lukashenko himself.
Russia, which provided Lukashenko with security, diplomatic and financial support, accused the West of hypocrisy.