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EU to step up sanctions on Belarus over escalating border crisis

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BRUSSELS/WARSAW (Reuters) – The European Union will toughen sanctions on Belarus on Monday and may extend them to include airlines and others involved in transporting migrants, the EU’s top diplomat said, as the migrant crisis on the Polish border intensifies. Ahead of an EU foreign ministers’ meeting, Germany’s Heiko Maas said airlines could be told to stop transporting migrants to Minsk or face being banned from landing in Europe, warning: “We are nowhere near the end of the sanctions spiral.” Europe accuses Belarus of mounting “a hybrid attack” by flying in migrants from countries like Syri…

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