The United States bans air travel between the United States and Belarus

The US Department of Transportation has stopped selling airline tickets for flights between United States of America Belarus has stopped. The Order Immediately applicable – and used as a sign against the Belarusian ruling regime Alexander Lukashenko Roger that.

It was May 23 23 Belarus Ryanair plane en route from Athens To Vilnius, he was forced to land in the capital, Minsk, and arrested journalist Roman Protasewicz, who was critical of the government. The United States did not immediately respond to the incident by imposing restrictions. At the request of the Ministry of Transportation, the pentagonal This is now after.

The flight ban also applies to flights where tickets are purchased through one airline, but flights are operated by several airlines.

Above all, the restrictions on ticket sales are likely to have a symbolic meaning: flights to Belarus are rarely bought by US travel companies. US airlines usually do not use Belarusian airspace. However, the ALPA American Pilots Association welcomed the move. The statement said the maneuver against the Ryanair plane was “aggressive and unjustified” and put people at risk. Spell them the correct answer to Belarusian behavior.

Tensions escalate between Belarus and the West

According to the Department of Transportation, the order allows the US government to make exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Especially if it is in the national interest of the United States, for humanitarian reasons as well as for reasons of national security.

In addition to the United States, the European Union and other Western countries have imposed numerous sanctions to crack down on dissidents in Belarus, and in response to last year’s presidential elections, which are believed to be rigged. Ryanair’s forced landing has exacerbated tensions between Belarus and the West.

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