Ryanair flight hijacking: Breton accuses Belarus of “state piracy”

“It is an act of state piracy that cannot go unpunished. European Commissioner Thierry Breton strongly condemned on Monday the hijacking by Belarus of the Ryanair Athens-Vilnius flight taken by Roman Protassevich.

On May 23, the plane taken by the dissident journalist, then in exile, was forced to land in Minsk by order of the Belarusian authorities. Roman Protassevich and his companion Sofia Sapega, were then arrested by the regime of President Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, causing a global outcry.

“This is an unacceptable incident. There has been a hijacking, not only of an EU plane with European passengers, but also a hijacking of European values ​​and that we will not tolerate ”, said the Commissioner for the Internal Market, afterwards. to have met some of his passengers in Lithuania.

Sanctions in preparation

During a visit to Estonia on Monday, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Belarusian opposition leader in exile, discussed possible EU economic sanctions with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid. An exchange confirmed by the words of Thierry Breton, indicating that the 27 were working on the development of additional economic sanctions.

“Alexander Lukashenko led Belarus on the path of self-destruction, by the desire for personal power and glory,” said the President of Estonia at a joint press conference with Ms. Kaljulaid.

“Her regime now constitutes a threat to regional and European security,” she added.

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