Citizens of certain countries risk being banned from using Belavia

Our readers report seeing groups of people in Minsk, who are likely to be later taken to the state border of Belarus to cross illegally into the EU countries. According to the readers’ observations, foreigners are actively shopping in the Galleria Minsk malls and actively withdrawing money from ATMs. The shopping center is monitored by the security service, and a traffic police car is constantly cruising along the avenue. Minsk, Belarus. October 19, 2021. Photo: Belsat readers

The Department of Aviation of Belarus has responded to the initiative of the European Union to add Belavia to the fifth package of sanctions against the official Minsk. In particular, Brussels is considering the possibility of banning maintenance of the leased Belavia aircraft. These measures are proposed as a response to Belavia’s involvement in the organization of the migration crisis in the EU.

The Department of Aviation. has commented on the accusation of Belavia’s involvement in the migration crisis.

“To solve the migration issue, the EU may decide to adopt a list of individual states, whose citizens will be banned to travel by flights of airlines operating in Belarus.

The Department of Aviation, in turn, undertakes to make this list publicly available and to implement this EU decision,” BelTA informs.

On October 18th, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stated that the EU would continue to fight against airlines involved in the transportation of refugees to the borders of the European countries. The EU is considering imposing sanctions against travel companies as well as full sanctions against the national Belarusian airline Belavia.