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EU heads support sanctioning Belarus for flight diversion

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Several EU leaders expressed their support for sanctioning Belarusian authorities for forcing a commercial flight to land and arresting a journalist, with some calling for punitive measures to be extended to Belarusian air traffic. Before heading into talks with her counterparts, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said additional sanctions against officials and banning the Belarusian airline from landing at EU airports were on the table. Although she said Belarus’ explanations for the incident were “totally unbelievable,” she stopped short of voicing her support for specific measures. Lithuania’s…

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