The economic sanctions are the most sweeping measures imposed against Belarus so far by the EU and come after President Alexander Lukashenko sparked outrage by intercepting a Ryanair airplane in May to arrest dissident journalist Roman Protasevich.
Britain's airlines and holiday companies are planning a "day of action" on Wednesday to exert pressure on the UK government to ease travel restrictions, with just weeks to go before the start of the peak summer season.
White House is calling for "a credible international investigation into the events of May 23" when a Ryanair passenger jet flying from Greece to Lithuania was forced to land in Minsk to arrest opposition journalist Roman Protasevich.
The decision comes days after Belarus forcibly landed a Ryanair plane flying from Athens to Vilnius, and arrested opposition blogger Roman Protasevich, who was on board.
President Alexander Lukashenko dismisses international outcry over incident in his first public statement since diverting a Ryanair flight to arrest dissident journalist Roman Protasevich.
Transcript details a conversation between one of Belarusian Transport Ministry's air traffic controllers and a Ryanair pilot forced to land in Belarus due to what turned out to be a hoax bomb alert.
A Ryanair passenger flight from Athens to Vilnius was diverted while in Belarusian airspace on Sunday over a supposed bomb threat, prompting a global outcry to Minsk's forced landing of the aircraft to arrest a dissident journalist.
Roman Protasevich was detained in Minsk after his flight made an emergency landing under orders from President Alexander Lukashenko, prompting international condemnation.
Ryanair's statement comes after Britain abruptly imposed a two-week quarantine on all travellers arriving from Spain after a surge of coronavirus cases.
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Europe's biggest budget airline plans to slash jobs, mostly pilots and cabin crew and talk to Boeing about delaying plane deliveries, top official says.
Italy reacts with the solidarity of flash mobs circulating on social media to make people "gather" on balconies at certain hours, to play music or to get a round of applause.
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