Dominic Raab: UK airlines told to suspend flights over Belarus

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    The British government has told all UK planes to cease flying over Belarus and summoned the country’s ambassador amid outrage over the arrest of an opposition blogger and his girlfriend when their Ryanair flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Minsk.

    The operating permit for Belavia, the country’s state-owned airline, has also been suspended in the UK.

    The UK response comes ahead of a meeting of EU leaders on Monday evening that could take measures against Belarus including banning Belavia from EU airports and suspending all Belarusian flights over UK territory.

    Raab told the Commons that Belarus’s ambassador had been summoned to provide an explanation and told MPs he was urgently seeing what further sanctions could be placed on Belarusian individuals and entities, but he stressed he wanted to act in coordination with allies, including the EU.

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