Russia planning retaliation if EU sanctions nationwide airline over Belarus border disaster

Any move to impose sanctions towards Russia’s nationwide provider, Aeroflot, will probably be reciprocated, one of many nation’s high diplomats has warned as a row grows over purported hyperlinks to the migrant disaster on the Poland-Belarus border.

Commenting on studies that the EU may announce restrictions on the airline, Europe’s fourth largest, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko informed RIA Novosti on Thursday that “of course there would be some kind of a reaction” if the plans went forward.

“We aren’t surprised by this, because the impression is that when it comes to any international problem, the EU doesn’t enter into a dialogue with the parties concerned, but prefers to immediately grab the sanctions truncheon and mindlessly swing it,” Grushko blasted.

The day earlier than, Bloomberg reported that Brussels was contemplating sanctioning Aeroflot, probably together with Turkish Airlines, for the companies’ purported position in ferrying migrants to Belarus. EU officers say that flights have been laid on from troubled nations like Iraq, Syria and Iran, with would-be asylum seekers given clearance to enter Belarus and inspired to travel to the border.

Later on Thursday, Aeroflot introduced that it operates no scheduled flights from both Iraq or Syria, and doesn’t fly a route between Minsk and Istanbul, the place many would-be asylum seekers are living quickly. In an announcement, aviation bosses confirmed that the airline additionally doesn’t constitution flights on these routes.

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Lukashenko warns more Afghan migrants could soon travel to Europe

Lukashenko warns more Afghan migrants could soon travel to Europe Lukashenko warns more Afghan migrants could soon travel to Europe

Poland has declared a state of emergency and stationed hundreds of troops, border guards and law enforcement officials alongside the shared frontier in response to a pointy spike in tried unlawful crossings. Earlier this week, officers deployed pepper spray and riot shields to show again these making an attempt to reach the EU nation. Several individuals are reported to have died on the Belarusian facet of the demarcation line, sleeping tough whereas making an attempt to reach security.

While Brussels insists that the rising disaster quantities to “hybrid warfare” being waged by Belarus’ embattled chief, Alexander Lukashenko, in retaliation for financial sanctions, Minsk says it’s merely not ready to cease migrants from reaching the bloc’s borders. Russia has denied any position within the row, and blamed each EU migration coverage and the West’s interventions within the Middle East for the standoff.

On Thursday, Lukashenko warned {that a} new inflow of migrants might be anticipated from Afghanistan. “The Americans invited [immigrants], but ordered Europe and Central Asia to take them in,” Lukashenko defined. “What are people to do? They will go to Europe.”

Unverified footage shared on-line from TikTok on Wednesday was stated to point out a flight operated by Belarusian nationwide provider Belavia taking off with numerous potential Middle Eastern migrants. The airline already faces a sequence of sanctions from the EU unveiled earlier this 12 months in response to the grounding of an Irish Ryanair jet in Minsk. The flight had been carrying opposition activist Roman Protasevich, who was detained by Belarusian officers on the bottom in a move Brussels branded “state-sponsored piracy.”

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