The European Parliament proposed to impose sanctions against Russia if its involvement in the incident with the Ryanair aircraft and the further detention of the ex-head of the Telegram channel NEXTA Roman Protasevich. This is stated in the relevant resolution.
In this regard, the European evidence called for the EU to investigate Moscow’s involvement in incident. If the investigation will find a link between representatives of the Russian Federation and the forced landing of the aircraft, the European Union recommends applying sanctions within the “Act of Magnitsky”.
June 3 began it to be known that the EU preparations of sanctions against Belarus and some progress were already achieved. In particular, the European authorities introduced the official ban for Belarusian airlines for flights over the territory of the European bloc or landing at the airports of its countries. The EU also plan to introduce restrictions for large companies in the country.
On May 23, the airline of the Ryanair airline, following the route Athens – Vilnius, made an emergency landing in Minsk after reports of mining received from Minsk airport. To accompany the aircraft, the Fighter MiG-29 of the Air Force of Belarus was raised. Immediately after landing, Belarusian security forces detained on board the former Glavreda Opposition Telegram channel NEXTA Roman Protasevich. In the European Union and the United States found it an act of state terrorism.
In addition, the head of the British Foreign Ministry Dominic Raab also argued that the emergency landing of the liner could not occur “without the silent consent” of Moscow. The Kremlin denied all the accusations.