EU Needs to Formulate Clear Belarus Policy in Wake of Plane Arrest
The European Union has just agreed to a new round of economic sanctions and to restrictions on flights from Belarus in response to the government’s criminal diversion of a Ryanair flight and arrest of an opposition journalist on May 22.
The EU could have done nothing less. The flight was from Greece to Lithuania, EU citizens on it were detained in Minsk and the journalist — Roman Protasevich — was living in Vilnius prior to his arrest and apparent torture. Such violations of EU sovereignty, of the rights of EU citizens, of the rights of political asylum and of air travel cannot be tolerated.