Belarus faces sanctions over 'piracy'

By Sabine Siebold and Matthias Williams
Updated May 25 2021 - 12:54am, first published May 24 2021 - 11:45pm
The EU has agreed to ban Belarusian airlines from EU airspace and airports.

Western powers have prepared to pile sanctions on Belarus and cut off its aviation links, furious after it scrambled a warplane to intercept a Ryanair aircraft and arrest a dissident journalist, an act one leader denounced as "state piracy".

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