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 الجدول الزمني للعقوبات على بيلاروس infographic
Graphic shows timeline of Belarus sanctions.


تشديد العقوبات على بيلاروس

By Duncan Mil

May 26, 2021 - زعماء الاتحاد الأوروبي اتفقوا على إعداد عقوبات اقتصادية هادفة أخرى ضد بيلاروس بعد التحويل القسري لمسار طائرة ركاب رايان إير كانت متجهة من اليونان إلى ليتوانيا.

The EU has called for a ban on Belarusian airlines flying over EU territory and are urging EU-based airlines to avoid Belarusian airspace.

Each week 3,300 flights fly over Belarus, according to the aircraft tracking website Flightradar24. Belarus receives income from airlines that enter its airspace of €70,000 ($86,000) each day.

The EU imposed sanctions against Belarus in October 2020, following the disputed presidential election. Alexander Lukashenko claimed a landslide victory.

A travel ban and asset freeze against individuals associated with Lukashenko includes 88 individuals and seven organisations.

EU trade with Belarus state-owned firms -- a significant revenue source for Lukashenka -- may be subject to sanctions. According to Dun & Bradstreet, the state-owned Naftan oil refinery has annual sales of $3.77 billion. The Hrodna Azot chemical company generates $800 million a year.

Belaruskali, a potash fertiliser producer, could also find its $350 million revenue hit. Tougher sanctions require unanimity among the EU’s 27 member states.

PUBLISHED: 26/05/2021; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Associated Press, Getty Images