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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 flight between two EU states was forcibly diverted to Minsk. In a statement published late on Monday, the bloc instructed officials to “adopt necessary measures to ban overflight of EU airspace by Belarusian airlines and prevent access to EU airports.” The 27 leaders also urged all EU-based carriers to avoid flying over Belarusian territory in the joint declaration, approved at a summit in Brussels. Once implemented, state airline Belavia will not be able to fly to a host of cities, including to…

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