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EU to seal off skies to Belarusian air traffic after flight diversion

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The European Union is readying to seal off its airspace and airports to Belarusian airlines after a passenger flight between two EU states was forcibly diverted to Minsk in order to detain a dissident Belarusian journalist. “This outrageous behaviour needs a strong answer,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said, slamming the “state hijacking” as an attack on democracy, freedom of expression and European sovereignty. In a joint statement signed off at a summit in Brussels, the bloc’s leaders instructed relevant officials to “adopt necessary measures to ban overflight of EU air…

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