EU sanctions

    • EU prolongs economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine by six months

      EU prolongs economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine by six months

      The European Council announced on Monday that it has decided to prolong the sanctions targeting specific economic sectors of the Russian Federation for a further six months, until 31 January 2022. The Council decision follows the latest assessment of the state of implementation of the Minsk agreements - initially foreseen to happen by 31 December 2015 - at the European Council of 24-25 June 2021. On that occasion EU leaders called on Russia to fully assume its responsibility in ensuring the full implementation of the Minsk agreements as the key condition for any substantial change in the EU’s stance.

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    • EU expected to hit Belarus with new sanctions

      EU expected to hit Belarus with new sanctions

      EU foreign ministers will meet on Monday in Luxembourg to blacklist dozens more supporters of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in a bid to tighten the vice on his government and strengthen its opponents, news wires reported. Seventy-eight individuals are to be hit with measures like EU travel bans or having assets located in the bloc frozen, EU sources told dpa last week.

       

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    • EU expands sanctions and sets ban on Belarus airlines

      EU expands sanctions and sets ban on Belarus airlines

      Belarus carriers will receive a ban from flying over the territory of EU, Reuters reported. In addition the airlines will be restricted from access to the European airports, the bloc announced as the country's exiled opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya called for more joint Western sanctions and new restrictions. The EU decision is part of planned punitive measures against Belarus in response to Minsk forced landing of commercial airplane on 23 May.

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    • EU fails with Belarus sanctions

      EU fails with Belarus sanctions

      The European Union vowed to launch a new round of sanctions against Belarus linked to the forced landing of Ryanair flight FR4978, which was followed by the arrest of an opposition journalist who was on board of the carrier. The message is simple - no one is allowed to simply hijack an airplane because there could be a political opponent travelling or for another personal reason. The lesson was supposed to be taught to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.

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    • EU sanctions cripple Belarus airlines

      EU sanctions cripple Belarus airlines

      The EU sanctions that followed the forced grounding of the Ryanair airplane in Belarus delivered a heavy blow over the plans of Minsk to upgrade the country’s state airline, Reuters reported. An airplane of the low-cost carrier Ryanair was forced to land last week in Minsk en route to Lithuania. The local police arrested an opposition journalist who was on board of the airplane. The European Union slapped the hijacking and imposed sanctions including a ban for Belarus airplanes to fly over EU territory.

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    • Minsk quits flights in response to EU sanctions

      Minsk quits flights in response to EU sanctions

      Belarusian national flag carrier Belavia announced steps to retaliate to the EU sanctions imposed earlier this week, Reuters reported. The airline elaborated that it had been forced to cancel flights to eight new countries. At this point the cancelations are due for the period from 27 May to 30. The European Union has urged its airlines to avoid Belarus and its airspace amid outrage over the forced landing in Minsk of a Ryanair jet en route to Lithuania from Greece and the arrest of a dissident journalist on board.

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