Belarus put on notice of sanctions over ‘hijack’ of Ryanair flight

Belarus put on notice of sanctions over ‘hijack’ of Ryanair flightMay 24, 2021

EU and UK to take other punitive measures as role of Russia in forced landing comes under scrutiny

The EU and Britain have put Belarus on notice of sanctions and punitive measures against its national airline as European flights over the country’s airspace were suspended in response to the detention of a dissident on a “hijacked” Ryanair flight.

Attention was also focusing on Russia’s role in the forced landing of flight FR4978 in Minsk as the UK’s foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, told the House of Commons it was unlikely to have been done without Kremlin approval.

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