EU Mulls Sanctioning Belarus Airline over Migrant Influx

European Union foreign ministers are eyeing sanctions against Belarusia’s national airline after allegedly moving migrants from Iraq EU.

“We are ready to implement sanctions against the national company of Belarus,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg.

Any European company cannot do business with a national airline. The goal is to block the Minsk government from flying migrants into Belarus and crossing into Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland.

Lithuania’s foreign minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said that they would find a way to stop the flights to Belarus.

“We need to find ways how to stop the flights to Belarus, to Minsk airport and sanctions to Belavia, that’s one thing,” Landsbergis said.

“Another thing is to send a message to airlines that now are actually bringing people from any other country to Belarus and bringing them with the intention to migrate that they are under the European radar. We are seeing them, and this is not ok,” Landsbergis added.

Meanwhile, according to Nikolai Ehlers, an aviation lawyer, the Irish plan would limit the sanctions’ effectiveness.

“This would mean that we would be seeing further areas of war, of disputes between the contractual parties and then, in turn, the parties concerned, the lessors concerned, they would be exposed to contractual claims and they would want to recover for any losses resulting from the government that imposes those measures on them,” Ehlers said.

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