Turkish Airlines, FlyDubai Risk EU Ban over Poland Migrant Crisis

Turkish Airlines and FlyDubai could likely be banned in the European Union for flying migrants to Belarus in the wake of preparation for fresh sanctions on the country after mistreating migrants in the border with Poland.

The EU is expected to institute fresh sanctions on Belarus ahead of a meeting of the foreign council on November 15.

“The EU will … explore how to sanction, including through blacklisting, third-country airlines that are active in human trafficking,” EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said.

Two top EU officials, Josep Borrell and Margaritis Schinas, will also travel to countries such as Armenia, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates to press them to stop people flying to Minsk, von der Leyen added.

Belavia, a Belarusian airline is already banned in the EU due to its most of the trafficking, while FlyDubia, an Emirati airline and Syria’s Cham Wings flying people in despite border dispute.

Based on Minsk airport data,  Turkish Airlines is still flying migrants from Istanbul to Minsk twice a day in spite of the border crisis.

Dutch foreign minister Ben Knapen told parliament that Poland was defending the EU border and Belarus was guilty of “inhuman cruelty”.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Maria Zakharova said that Poland invaded Iraq to establish democracy, and “why not accept as many grateful Iraqis today”.

As many as 4,000 refugees are camped out in the woods on the Belarus-Polish border. With temperatures falling to below zero the migrants have little in the way of shelterm food, water, or medical attention.

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