EU Mulls Sanctions on Belarus Airlines Bringing Migrants from Middle East

EU Mulls Sanctions on Belarus Airlines Bringing Migrants from Middle East


The European Union is reportedly considering sanctions against Belarusian airlines that brought migrants from the Middle East to Minsk.

Earlier this week, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen commented on the possibility that the European Union could launch sanctions against airlines bringing migrants to Belarus who go on to attempt to cross illegally into EU member-states.

“The EU will … explore how to sanction, including through blacklisting, third-country airlines that are active in human trafficking,” President Von der Leyen said in an official statement.

The Belarusian airline Belavia has been accused of arranging direct flights from various Middle Eastern cities to the Belarusian capital of Minsk, from which migrants set off for the EU’s eastern borders. Some in the EU have been

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