The Bloc agrees to ban Belarus from withdrawing from its airspace among other sanctions after it was forced to change its aircraft and detained a protest journalist.
European Union leaders have agreed on possible charges against Belarus, including a ban on the use of airspace and airports between 27 countries amid growing pressure to drop a plane between two EU countries to arrest a dissident journalist.
When EU leaders called for an “stolen” without an Irish plane carrying a Ryanair flight from Greece to Lithuania on Sunday, they called for the immediate release of Roman Protasevich, a senior opponent of Belarus’ dictator Alexander Lukashenko.
EU leaders also decided to favor the consent of all those involved in the operation, and called on the International Civil Aviation Organization to investigate what they consider to be unprecedented and what some call “state terrorism”.
Voting at the conference will be reversed if the charges are allowed.
In a video released earlier Monday, Protasevich said he was in agreement with government officials to “agree” on the protests.
Speaking in a video broadcast by state television, Protasevich said, “I am in Detention Center no 1 in Minsk. I can say that I have no disease, including my heart or other organs.”
A 26-year-old girl is wearing a black hoodie and sits behind a table in the writing room where a cigarette pack was next to her.
She adorns herself with her hands as she speaks and black marks appear on her forehead.
“The opinion of the staff for me is as accurate as possible and in accordance with the law. “I continue to work with investigators and I agree that I have planned the riots in Minsk,” he said.
The comments were immediately withdrawn by the participants as if they had been coerced.
“This is how Raman looks after his physical and moral stress. I want the immediate release of Raman and all political prisoners, “Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Thiskanouskaya wrote on Twitter in English, using his Belarusian style.
Arrested before sentencing
The Belarussian Ministry of Justice has already confirmed Protasevich’s arrest, saying he had been arrested.
Minsk also denied rumors on television that Protasevich had been hospitalized and said government officials had no information about the disease.
The statement, which was published in a telegram message, was the first to be issued by Protasevich officials since he was arrested Sunday at Minsk airport when his plane was forced to make a sudden arrival there.
The blogger’s troubles began on Sunday when a Belarusian fighter plane MiG-29 flew Ryanair from Greece to Lithuania in response to alleged bomb threats, and escorted to Minsk.
Ryanair said Belarusian pilots had informed his team of “possible security threats” and advised them not to transfer the plane to a nearby airport, Minsk. Upon his arrival, Belarus authorities arrested Protasevich.
The EU and the United States imposed a number of economic sanctions against Minsk last year, which did not affect the actions of President Alexander Lukashenko, who opposed protests that were widespread against his rule after the election.
Lukashenko denies electoral fraud. Since the vote that was contested, government officials have mobilized thousands of enemies, with all opposition officials imprisoned or in other countries.
Belarus is said to have acted in response to a fake bomb blast in the name of the Palestinian army Hamas. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum denied that his party was aware of the allegations.
Belarus said its ground supervisors had given direction on their trip but had not ordered it to land. State media said the intervention was controlled by Lukashenko.
Russia, which has backed security, ambassador and financial aid to Lukashenko, has criticized the West for fraud.