Alexander Lukashenko [nid:108630]

In light of the outrageous hijacking of a Ryanair flight in Belarus, the EPP Group urges the governments of EU Member States to act in unity and determination towards the regime in Minsk. We call for the establishment of a no-fly zone over Belarus, the adoption of the 4th package of sanctions and the immediate and unconditional release of Roman Protasevich and his partner.

"The hijacking of an EU flight by the Lukashenko regime is an outrageous violation of international law and an act of state-backed terrorism. A line has been crossed! Our governments must act now and take bold decisions with regard to Lukashenko’s regime at today’s European Summit. Not only is the life of Roman Protasevich at stake, but also the credibility of the whole of the EU. Those Member States' governments obstructing joint EU action are acting as agents of the dictator", underlined Sandra Kalniete MEP, Vice-Chairwoman of the EPP Group responsible for Foreign Affairs.

“It is clear now that Belarusian airspace is not safe. This outrageous illegal incident must have strong consequences. No flights to Belarus, no flights from Belarus, no flights over Belarus. This must be the EU’s answer”, added Marian-Jean Marinescu MEP, EPP Group Spokesman on Transport.

The EPP Group has requested an urgent debate at the next meeting of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.

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The EPP Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 178 Members from all EU Member States

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