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MEPs call for more sanctions against Belarus

The European Parliament has called on the EU to punish those involved in forcing a plane to land in Minsk on 23 May and in the detention of journalist Raman Pratasevich.

In a resolution adopted on Thursday with 626 votes in favour, 16 against and 36 abstentions, MEPs strongly condemned the hijaking of the Ryanair flight as as act of ‘state terrorism’ and urged for Raman Pratasevich and Sofia Sapega, as well as all other political prisoners in Belarus, to be immediately and unconditionally released.

The resolution urges the European Council to sanction the Belarusian individuals and entities involved in the forced landing and the abductions as soon as possible. As part of retaliatory measures, the MEPs have also suggested that Belarus to be suspended from international sport bodies and international events, including European and world championships, and the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Read more about the Belarus air piracy incident here.

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