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“Attacks” On Belarus Have Crossed “Red Lines”: President

“Attacks” On Have Crossed “Red Lines”: President

'Attacks' On Belarus Have Crossed 'Red Lines': President

The European Union said it was eyeing fresh sanctions on ’s regime

Belarus:

Belarusian said Wednesday that “attacks” on the country have crossed “red lines” after the of a Ryanair flight over Belarusian airspace sparked a global outcry.

The Athens-to-Vilnius flight carrying a wanted opposition activist was forced to make a landing in Minsk on Sunday over a supposed scare, prompting several carriers to stop flights over Belarus.

“As we predicted, our ill-wishers at and abroad have changed their methods of attacking the state,” Lukashenko said in an address to members of , the Belta state-run news agency reported.

“They have crossed many red lines and crossed boundaries of common sense and human morality,” Lukashenko added.

Lukashenko and his allies were already under European and US sanctions over the violent crackdown on post-election that gripped the nation last year.

Tens of thousands took to the streets to demand the resignation of 66-year-old Lukashenko, who has ruled over Belarus for over two decades.

The European Union said it was eyeing fresh sanctions on Lukashenko’s regime after the incident.

European leaders have also demanded the release of Roman Protasevich, an opposition activist who was on board the and arrested by Belarus authorities in Minsk.

The 26-year-old activist co-ran the Nexta Telegram channels, prominent voices of the opposition that helped mobilise and coordinate protesters.

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He faced up to 15 years of jail on charges of organising mass unrest.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

 

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